Salamina is the biggest island of Argosaronikos Gulf and is just 1 nautical mile away from Piraeus Port. The small distance of the island from the capital, in combination with the numerous and interesting choices that can offer to you, render it an attractive holiday destination.
Salamina with its countless natural beauties, the scenic creeks, the luxuriant vegetation, mostly pines, olive trees and vineyards, the impressive sights, the remarkable ancient monuments, the wonderful beaches and the modern touristic infrastructure, manages to keep unimpaired the visitors' interest.
Salamina Island has been known since the antiquity, as the most glorious naval battle in Greece took place here, between Greek and Persians, in 480 B.C.
On the island, there are two exquisite pinewoods-the forest of Faneromeni which is offered for walking and jogging, and the forest of Kanakia, where mountain bike games are held.
The modern town of Salamina, or Koulouri for the locals, is the capital of the island, which maintains though its traditional color, thanks to its scenic traditional neighborhoods.
In Salamina Town, there are a lot of important sights. The coast of Karaiskakis, with palms along it, which leads to Koulouri beach, reminds an exotic landscape.
Here, you can also find many churches of traditional architecture, with great hagiographies. You can visit the cathedral of Saint Minas, Panagia of Mposkos or Katharos with its astonishing murals of 1758, the tabernacle of Saint Georgios, built onto the base of proto Byzantine basilica of 6 th century, as well as the church of Saint Dimitrios, the oldest church in Salamina, where the bones of hero Georgios Karaiskakis are saved.
The town also disposes a Museum of Popular Art and History, which is housed in the Municipal Palace, and a library where 3500 volumes exist. In Paloukia, the open-air Nautical Museum with the cannons and torpedoes is a sublime spectacle.
Do not miss to visit the hill of the Mills, where the two windmills, buildings of 18 th century predominate, but also the biggest and the most important byzantine monastery of the island, the Monastery of Faneromeni.
Other areas with significant sights are Ampelakia, where the acropolis of Ancient Salamina is found, Peristeria with the fantastic cave of Euripides that came to light after excavations, and verdurous Aianteio, where a large proto Greek settlement existed.
Salamina except for the splendid sights, the landscapes with rich vegetation and the great historical route can also display many wonderful seacoasts with impressive natural beauties and continuous alternation of sandy and pebbly beach. The south coast of the island offers more ideal for swimming and fishing beaches. Most known are the beaches: Kanakia, Peristeria, Gyala, Selinia, Satirli and Panagia. In the north coast of the island there is the beautiful beach of Faneromeni with fine sand.
Salamina, this beautiful island of Argosaronikos, thanks to the continuous alternations of the landscapes, the historical wealth, the jovial and hospitable people, as well as the modern infrastructure, promises that it offers to you unforgettable holidays.
How you can get there
Coastally: Ferry Boats depart daily from Piraeus Port and Perama to Salamina.
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(Calling code for Greece 0030)
Salamina Municipality 210 4646000, 210 4646100 Ambelakia Municipality 210 4671970 Salamina Health Center210 4651711 Salamina Navy Hospital210 4672000
Salamina Police Station 210 4651100 Ambelakia Police Station 210 4672438 Salamina Port Authority 210 4677277
Perama Port Authority 210 4419441 Piraeus Port Authority210 4226000 Salamina Bus Station 210 4671333, 210 4677278 Archaeological Musem 210 4653572 Folklore Museum 210 4654180 Faneromeni Church 210 4681861
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