Cruising in Greece and the Greek Islands
Athens - the hub and must-see destination of any Greek Island cruise
Athens' port of Piraeus is a major port
stop-off for cruises around Greece, and the largest passenger port in Europe.
Most cruise lines stop there, offering passengers a chance to explore this
ancient, enchanted city. Steeped in history and long worshipped by the gods, it
is impossible not to be captured by the city’s magic.
Most of Athens main
sights are easily accessible from the port. The city centre lies 12km away and
can be accessed by taxi, or the ‘ilektriko’ an electric railway. From there
you can access most attractions by foot – an ideal way to explore local
Upon arrival you may
be keen to explore the city’s famous Acropolis (so-called sacred rock). The
extreme heat may be overpowering for some, especially after the steep ascent, so
it is best to go either early or late in the day. As well as commanding a
breathtaking view of Athens below, there are many pretty, yet understated walks
through wildflowers that immediately remove you from the bustle of modern
There are many other
must see sights and attractions in Athens, and you will probably be keen to take
in as much of the city as possible, especially if you are on a one day
excursion. To get a taste of traditional Athenian life, Plaka is the best place
to absorb the quaint village atmosphere. Located in the hillside below the
acropolis, the tiny cobbled streets and winding lanes offer museums, small
souvenir shops and tavernas.
After an afternoon of
sightseeing, you will probably be ready to sample the local cuisine. Those who
prefer fine dining may wish to head to Varoulko. Widely regarded as Athens
finest seafood restaurant, expect to find such delights as red snapper with
black truffle and aubergine mousse.
To find out more about Athens and how to plan your
ideal cruise trip, try the Telegraph's Athens
cruise guide which offers expert advice and tips.