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by gartonr Online Now Sep 3, 2010 at 3:41 AM

We are on a cruise that is calling into Piraeus, we have already had a holiday in Athens, so would prefer to stay in or around Piraeus, have checked the web site for things to do, does anyone know how to get to Kastella Hill or the Peace and Friendship Sports Stadium, and is it worthy going. Not too sure about taxis, found the drivers quite aggressive when we last called into Piraeus, they only wanted to take us to the acroplis or the plaka (the longer journey) we wanted to go the marina, walked it in the end.

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    Re: piraeus sightseeing

    by hawkhead Online Now Sep 3, 2010 at 4:11 AM

    There is quite an interesting maritime museum in Piraeus but it is only open at rather odd times, as I recollect. If you end up having to go into Athens, then you do need to take a taxi - use the metro, gets you to Monastiraki in 19 minutes, and much cheaper!!

    I quite liked Piraeus for a day visit. It's not touristy and once away from the port, it becomes quite "Greek" (sorry).

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    by DvaSrca Online Now Sep 3, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    If you want to visit the stadium you won't need to get a taxi, the Metro Line 1 (the Green one on the metro line system of Athens) takes you very close to the stadium, just get off at the Faliro station, it's a few stops from Piraeus station. If you want to see the beaches and the areas of Alimos, Voula etc. (all nice areas with decent beaches, good promenades and vibrant nightlife) you could also take the tram lines, lines 1 and 3 make a final stop outside the stadium as well. They all start at Syntagma area, in the heart of Athens, so they are easy to find. Be aware that on rush hours the tram is really not a good option, since around noon and early afternoon it's really crowded and too hot to handle. But it's a great way to see those areas. Not sure about Kastela to be honest, there should be a bus though...

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    Re: piraeus sightseeing

    by hawkhead Online Now Sep 5, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    In all fairness to the OP, they didn't ask regarding beaches.

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