Often overlooked for the busier ports of Rafina and Piraeus is the lovely Lavrion, whose position at the tip of the Attic peninsula is swiftly being acknowledged for building strategic ferryways to the Cyclades Islands. Perhaps because it is little-known, this town retains a carefree and languid charm, existing in a bubble as if it is its own island.
What many struggle to realize is that Lavrion contributed much to the development of Athenian monuments and subsequent industrialization. Ancient history dictates that Lavrion was one of the most profitable silver mines in the region; in fact the oldest mining facilities in the world. Capable of financing the Athenian fleet that defeated the Persians, Lavrion silver also built the first railroad tracks of Greece and pioneered harbor facilities with bridges.
Today, its local mining heritage is celebrated via the Mineralogical Museum, where visitors can peruse a unique collection of minerals, crystals and other geological marvels. Lavrion’s Archaeological Museum, historical Sounion and the clifftop Temple of Poseidon also lures in historians, whereas geologists flock to study the ‘Mystery Hole’ embedded 200-feet deep. You may also be interested in the ancient amphitheater of Thorikos nearby.
Casual visitors however, will find themselves indulging in fresh seafood at the masterful kitchens of the fish market. Take advantage of its ferry network as well; visit the story-rich Makronissos or popular resort island of Kea. Lavrion is also made for sailors, well equipped with an expansive harbor and berths for larger yachts.
Like more Greecian ports, Lavrion’s climate is relatively mild throughout the year but peaks during summer months. To make the most of your sailing itinerary, we recommend visiting between July and October as the average sea temperature averages around mid-20s for comfortable swims. If you’re planning on less water fun and more inland exploration, transitional months enjoy more temperate days.