The port of Piraeus, a city just a few miles from downtown Athens, is the main port in Greece and the fifth-largest passenger port in Europe. It served well over 4 million passengers in 2020. In terms of container/cargo traffic, Piraeus is among the ten busiest ten ports in Europe and is the busiest one in the Eastern Mediterranean. Boasting a history dating to antiquity, the city was founded in the early Fifth Century BC when plans to make it the new port of Athens were first laid. At that time the harbor was constructed, which resulted in concentrating the import and transit trade of Athens, as well as the Greek Navy, all in one location.
This was the point of embarkation for our voyage in the Aegean that landed us in Istanbul.