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Pireaus for a day - suggestions?

We have a 8 hr "layover" between our cruise ship arrival and ferry departure at Pireaus in mid June on a Monday.
Any suggestions on best way to spend the time? Is it worth hiring a car for a day trip?
We will have already spent a few days in Athens and seen the Acropolis and the National Museum.
Thanks!

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Doris

Piraeus itself has a good museum which is worth a look, but probably won't take more than an hour.

If it was me, and I didn't want to go into Athens, I'd probably take the tram down the coast rather than drive. Traffic in and out of Piraeus is dreadful.

The tram line starts at Faliro which is one metro stop from Piraeus. It will take you right down the coast to Glyfada which is a nice enough place for lunch.

Alternatively get off at Batis and walk back the way you've come as far as Parko Flisvos. You are looking over the sea and back towards Piraeus and, although there is a major road just inland, it's a pleasant stroll. Flisvos is a modern marina with a few cafes and restaurants.

Depending on taste and timings you can return to Faliro and walk through the park to Micro Limami. This is the small harbour of Piraeus which is famous for its fish tavernas. They are quite pricey but the fish is supposed to be good. (I don't eat fish.)

http://www.greece-athens.com/restaurants/mikrolimano/

Alan

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Alan,
Thanks for the input. Sounds like a good plan. Do you know if there is a place to store or check our backpacks there in Piraeus near or in the ferry terminals? looks like we will be taking the Aegean Speedline ferry.
Dorris

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Doris

Piraeus has a number of 'gates' and which one you use depends on the destination. Aegean Sealines has an office on Gate 7 and a number of their boats go from there.

Very close to their, on Akti Tzelpi there is a big 24 cafe. This used to do baggage storage but I've not been there for a while. Perhaps someone else has more recent experience?

This map shows where the various gates are. The cafe I'm talking about is very close to the Bus Station maker as 02.

http://m.ferriesingreece.com/ferries-ports-athens.htm

Cheers

Alan