Why choose a cruise to Piraeus?

Piraeus is known as a busy, working port city, its huge harbour full of ferries and cruise liners. But that doesn’t mean it should be bypassed. It has some elegant neighbourhoods and some fascinating museums to be explored.

Most people take a Piraeus for Athens cruise to visit Greece’s stunning, lively capital city. It’s renowned for its millennia-old Ancient Greek sites, such as the Acropolis, but you’ll find traces of plenty of other civilisations there. Athens also has an edgier side, with some amazing street art, cool cafés and hip neighbourhoods.

Athens view

A guide to Piraeus for Athens’ hotspots

Enjoy a walk around Piraeus before or after you strike out to Athens. The most attractive and cosmopolitan area of the city is located around Zea Marina and Mikrolimano Harbour. You’ll find lots of local ouzo bars and restaurants where you can try some delicious Greek mezze.

Take a trip to Athens to explore the city’s most iconic sites. This includes Syntagma Square, a large square where you’ll discover the peach-tinted, neoclassical Parliament Building. The square leads onto bustling Ermou Street, a pedestrianised boulevard where global department stores sit alongside local shops.

No Piraeus for Athens cruise is complete without a trip to the Acropolis, an ancient citadel located on a rocky hill above the city. Explore this fascinating UNESCO heritage site, stopping to marvel at the columns of the majestic Parthenon, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Both these temples were built around 2,500 years ago.

Acropolis at Athens

On a hot summer’s day you might prefer to relax on the beach than sightsee in the city. We recommend taking a half-hour drive down the coach to Yabanaki Beach Park. Enjoy relaxing on the golden sand or swimming in the clear, shallow waters. There are lots of watersports available, including windsurfing and banana boating, as well as several bars and cafés.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Piraeus

Marella Cruises

MSC Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

P&O Cruises

The best time to visit Piraeus for Athens

Piraeus experiences hot summers with cloudless skies. In July and August, the temperature averages 27°C, with highs of 32°C, so remember to pack high-factor suncream.

Changing of the guards at Athens

Sightsee more comfortably in the cooler temperatures of autumn. In September the temperature averages 23°C, which has cooled to a pleasant 18°C by October. There’s a fantastic Greek gastronomy festival at the end of September in Athens, too.

Did you know?

  • Piraeus boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant: Varoulko Seaside
  • Athens is Europe’s oldest capital – parts of the city are more than 3,000 years old
  • Athens has 148 theatrical stages, more than any city in the world