Piraeus is a historical city in Greece close to Athens. It is visited by many tourists who either want to enjoy a ferry ride or embark on a cruise ship or hydrofoil to an island. It is easy to go there from Athens either by cab or metro.
Here are ten things you can do in Piraeus:
1. MARINA ZEA / PASALIMANI
Here in the Saronic Gulf you can see the Flying Dolphins and beautiful yachts in the huge marina. You will find many shops, restaurants and taverns from where you can do boat watching too.
2. HELLENIC MARITIME MUSEUM
This is a naval and nautical museum that displays ancient and modern Greek ships, ship models, paintings, maps, flags and all sorts of ship equipments. You will also find some things from Aristotle Onassis's yacht and a section of the wall built by Themistocles.
3. ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
This museum has artifacts from such ancient times dated as far back as the 4th century BC. You will find grave markers, a huge funeral monument and bronze statues of Artemis, Apollo and Athena. You will also find displays from the Roman and Classical periods as well as old treasures and the wreck of an ancient theater.
4. KASTELLA HILL
This hill offers a magnificent view of the sea and the Greek houses. You will find many restaurants, ice-cream parlors, cafeterias and bars. There are clubs too.
5. VISIT A STADIUM
The Karaiskaki Stadium is the home arena of the famous Olympiakos soccer team; it was decorated in 2004 for the Olympics. Another Olympics venue nearby is the Peace and Friendship Stadium, which hosts many international competitions.
6. WATCH THE SHIPS
You can watch all kinds of ships, boats and yachts from all over the world in Piraeus.
7. ATTEND A THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE
The Veakeio Outdoor Theater and the Municipal Theater of Piraeus built in the 1880s hosts many dance performances, concerts and plays and lectures.
There are many shopping streets in Piraeus for purchasing antiques and other things. Every Sunday morning, a huge flea market is held near the Hippodameian Square.
9. EAT and DRINK
You will find lots of fish taverns, restaurants and bars in Piraeus for Greek food. For appetizers, you can have Greek salad, grilled octopus, a variety of olives, sardines, moussaka, eggplant dish, gyro etc. For dessert you can have Baklava, ouzo to drink and mezedes for snacks.
10. GET ON A BOAT
If you want to go to an island form Piraeus, you can take a ferry or to reach it faster, you can opt for a hydrofoil Dolphin. You can take a cruise of the Mediterranean. You must have a booking in advance.
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