Welcome to Piraeus! A port-city with a fascinating and ancient history, vibrant, with sights worth seeing. A city that grew and gained power, becoming an important commercial, cultural and industrial center throughout the centuries. In its welcoming embrace you will find on a daily basis thousands of people travelling to the Aegean Sea and Crete, and others visiting Piraeus for food, coffee, entertainment, shopping, walks with a sea view, visits to the museums or around the neoclassical buildings that stand as irrefutable evidence of its glamorous past. Wander around Piraeus with us and discover its unforgettable charming corners that will make you visit it again and again!
The modern port of Piraeus, being one of the largest in Europe, is a development hub for both the Greek shipping and the country’s economy. Besides being the focal point of contact between mainland Greece and the Greek islands, Piraeus is an international centre of transit trade. If we try to record chronologically the major milestones of the harbor, we would start from 1868.
1868: Implementation of the first works for creating platforms at Alon coast.
1880: The opening of the Corinth Canal dramatically increases the traffic in the port.
1924: Works for the expansion of the infrastructure of the port from the French construction group Ersan.
1930: It is established the Piraeus Port Authority as an integrated managing body of the port.
1959: The construction of the first passenger terminal and the Iraklion harbor in Keratsini.
1978: The creation of the large container dock in Neo Ikonio.
1986: The completion of the second container terminal on Vasiliadis coast.
1992: Inauguration of the new international passenger terminal.
1996: Connection of the port to the national road network via Schistou Avenue.
2003: Introduction of Piraeus Port Authority to the Athens Stock Exchange.
Today the gates of the passenger side of the harbor lead to docks depending on the destination of the ships that are in them: Thus the northwestern gates (E3 & E4) lead on platforms with destination to Crete, western (E1 & E2) to the Dodecanese and the islands of the northeastern Aegean, respectively, the central (E7 and E8) to Cyclades and the Saronic islands respectively, while the eastern (E9) to the Western Cyclades and Samos and Ikaria.
For more information please visit the official web site of the Municipality of Piraeus www.pireasnet.gr