Piraeus is one of the largest cities in Greece, within the Athens urban area. The city is located just 8km (5miles) to the southwest of Athens city centre and is one of the most important commercial seaports in the Mediterranean. The Municipality of Piraeus and four other suburban municipalities together are sometimes called the Greater Piraeus area. It is the 5th largest Municipality in Greece.
The city lies to the west of the Piraeus peninsula, while to the east are some private harbours, namely the Mikrolimano (Tourkolimano) and the Zea Marina (Pasalimani). The city is connected to Athens by an active railway and metro network, which end at Atki Kalimassioti.
Piraeus gained fame & significance when Athens became a naval power. The city has traditional houses, wide lanes, airy squares, tree-lined streets, parks, theatres, and industrial zones that give the city a spectacular sight.
|Area (Greater Piraeus)||50.417 km2 (19.466 sq.mi.)|
|Area (Municipality)||10.865 km2 (4.195 sq.mi.)|
|Population (Greater Piraeus) (2011)||448,997|
|Population (Municipality) (2011)||163,688|
|Time Zone||EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)|
|Airport||Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos|