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PIRAEUS PENINSULA

Piraeus Peninsula, in the east side of the central port, is one of its most vivid and famous areas, ideal for recreation and strolling. In the Peninsula there are three coves. The first is called Skafaki, the second Baikoutsis’s and the third one Venus (Aphrodite) or Palaska. At the last one, in Venus bay with the chapel of Agios Nikolaos that looks like a windmill, the boats of the Amateur Fishing Club of Piraeus moor. The Piraeus Peninsula, following the extensive landscaping works that took place in the period 1983-86, acquired sidewalks, railings, places with greenery and benches. The area is full of taverns and ouzeri and attracts people from Piraeus, Athens as well as foreign visitors. Should you come late in the evening, you will enjoy amazing images of the sun setting in the sea.
The Piraeus Peninsula consists mainly of a porous limestone, in the color of ocher, which has the characteristic of being easily carved, “soft”. It is the famous aktitis stone which the ancient Athenians took from here and it was particularly easy to be processed. It is a kind of limestone, namely marly limestone. The ancient wall of Piraeus had been built by this stone and many other works of antiquity -scattered monuments of this material are found throughout Attica. Today the coastal road that connects Piraeus with Freatida is called Themistocles coast in honor of the great statesman and general who fortified Piraeus and defeated the Persians at Salamis in the 5th century B.C. However, the ruins of the ancient walls alongside the coast, are of the walls that were built a century later by Conon.