If you are travelling to Athens and escaping to an island Rafina port maybe the place you find yourself first. Just a 25min taxi drive from the airport (approx65euros) or a cheaper bus ride you will discover the lovely port town of Rafina.
Regarded as the second main port in Athens after the commercial/industrial port of Piraeus, a much quieter and easier port to navigate.
Rafina port town is located at the northeastern part of Attica and serves the Cyclades islands. The ferries from Rafina port go to Andros, Tinos Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini. During the summer months the ferry companies offer a full schedule however if you intend to discover the islands during winter Piraeus port may offer a better schedule.
Today we walked from Agios Nikolas Chapel to the Port of Rafina.
One of the most picturesque churches in Attica standing proud overlooking the Aegean sea and sending blessings to all the sailors that venture onto the waters.
After our visit to the beautiful chapel we walked down towards the square in Rafina and on the left we had stunning views of Rafina port and on the right the homes and shops in the town.
Rafina town is full of independent boutiques and shops and lovely for picking ups some gift to take home. Some of my favorites are:-
Not only is Rafina a port town it is also a beautiful and modern seaside town that maintains its Greek authentic atmosphere, attracting a multitude of holiday-makers and visitors. Like most typical towns Rafina does have a central square which comes alive in the evening for families to gather and children to play. Home to some 13,000 residents all year round but it does increase during the summer with many Athenians having their summer/second home there. The square is edged with coffee bars, restaurants and periptero (kiosks) to buy all mini essentials.
After our walk around the port we headed to discover the main church of Rafina, also know locally as the Holy Cathedral of Panagias Pantovasilissas.
Overall Rafina is well worth a visit and a lovely seaside town to start your vacation before you head off to the islands.
If you require and further information regarding a visit to Rafina please drop me a message and I will kindly assist you.