Piraeus, the port of Athens, the largest port of the Balkans and one of the largest ports of the Mediterranean Sea. Even now, when Athens and Piraeus virtually merged, Piraeus retained its face and its distinctive features that distinguish it from antiquity to the present day. The city was founded in 5 th century bc, when Athens was a major maritime power in the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient Athens and Piraeus were joined by road (it remains today one can find near the Acropolis), which was protected by walls. Thus, the Athens and Piraeus as far back as ancient times, were joined together. Construction of the wall began during the war policies of Greece and Persia. It began immediately after the expulsion of the Persians Attica. While Atticus is completely lay in ruins, but the Athenians understood the importance of building defensive structures to strengthen its power and the first thing, instead of rebuilding their own personal home have made every effort to build public and defense facilities.
Today travel from Athens to Piraeus still quite easy. Center of Athens, Piraeus is connected to a separate branch of the subway. By and large today, there is no clear separating boundaries between Athens and Piraeus. Metro goes straight to the central port. From the central port of Piraeus is easily accessible to any island in Greece.
There are many companies that carry freight and passengers can buy tickets often just before landing. Travel will be more interesting port Mikrolimani. At the entrance to the port you can see the remains of ancient watchtowers and old docks. During the Ottoman rule in port based Navy Ottoman ports, and today the port is known primarily for its fish restaurants, which are supplied every morning, freshly seafood. In Piraeus there are two museums. Archaeological and Naval Museum. The archaeological museum presents artifacts that were found in the excavation of Piraeus. The maritime museum, the history of the fleet, ranging from ancient times to the modern exhibits. The entrance to the Maritime Museum still quite easy to find because outside the museum are guns taken from ships and a submarine conning tower.