One of the city’s most beautiful and picturesque regions, Piraiki, offers the ideal spot for a romantic and relaxing, yet educational stroll.
Within a 10-minute walk from the city’s landmark, the marble lion statue of Piraeus, located right in front of the cruise passenger terminal B, you will get to the Naval Academy building from where your stroll – and the Peninsula itself – actually begins.
Arriving at the cove of Baikoutsi bay, one will be amazed by the crystal-blue waters of Piraiki Peninsula and the imposing Cross monument, looming over the entire area. The cement Cross, part of the Unknown Sailor’s Monument, was erected in 1969 in memory of all seamen who lost their lives on duty, its size making it easily discernible from the ships approaching the port.
A few metres away from the Cross Monument and its idyllic little square with benches, sits a blue domed chapel, characteristic of the Greek islands. Standing next to it while gazing at the sea, you will get the impression you are no longer in a city.
At a small fisherman’s boatyard, in close proximity, which strongly resembles a fishing village, get some rest and admire the unobstructed view of the Saronic Gulf. Nearby there is yet another bay, Skafaki, quite popular among the locals as a swimming spot.
During your stroll, you will notice the remains of the ancient Long Walls, once connecting Piraeus to Athens, extended throughout the seemingly endless rocky shore. The Long Walls, Themistocles’ inspired fortification project, are a living proof of Piraeus’ long history.
A variety of mainstream cafés and traditional seafood taverns (ouzeri), spread along Akti Themistokleous coast road, meets all tastes and preferences.