Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Located on the Saronic Gulf and overlooking the Martoum Sea, Piraeus is part of metropolitan Athens. With a history dating back to 450 BC, these days it is an important commercial and shipping hub and transport centre, owing to its 3 natural harbours: Megas Limani, Zea Limani and Mikrolimano.
- Public telephones and luggage lockers
- A bar and cafe
- Air-conditioned lounge and Wi-Fi
- Duty free shopping
- Taxi service and parking area.
How To Get Around
- Currency - the currency in Piraeus is the Euro (EUR). Coin denominations include: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. Note denominations include: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
- Time Zone - Piraeus uses Eastern European Time (EET), which is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2). Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) is 3 hours ahead (UTC+3).
- Weather - Piraeus enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Temperatures range from an average of 28 degrees Celsius in July and August to 19 degrees Celsius in January and February. The driest months are July and August, with an average rainfall of 12 millimetres.
- The Acropolis - Greece’s premier attraction, and one of the most important historic sites in the Western world, the Acropolis is the ancient citadel that presides over Athens. This ‘hill city’ is home to the 24-centuries-old Parthenon, the semi-circular Theatre of Dionysus, and the Erechtheion, which is famous for the 6 pillars that support its facade.
- National Archaeological Museum - one of the great museums of the world, the National Archaeological Museum houses ancient Greek sculpture, jewellery and pottery. It also holds the Antikythera mechanism, a 2,000-year-old computer found in a shipwreck off the island of Antikithera, which points to how advanced the ancient Greeks were.
- Plaka - clustered around the eastern and northern slopes of the Acropolis, this historic neighbourhood is home to quaint and quirky shops, quality restaurants and traditional ouzeries. Highlights include the famous Brettos distillery and the outdoor Cine Paris. Ancient Greek and Roman ruins are also found here, along with 19th century buildings and Byzantine churches.
- Monastiraki Flea Market - set in Monastiraki Square, this bustling market is known for its clothing, fur, jewellery, vintage records, antiques and souvenirs. With an atmosphere closer to a Turkish bazaar than a flea market, this vibrant collection of shoppers and stallholders is open every day of the week.