More than just the capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is considered a cradle of humanity, as a center for art, history, philosophy, science and democracy. These continue to be the main draws for tourists, along with the spectacular scenery, hospitality, cuisine and Mediterranean climate. Modern Athens is sprinkled with ruins and architectural reminders of the city’s powerful past and mythological greats and it is also a popular point of departure for exploring the thousands of Greek islands. The port of Piraeus was fundamental to the city’s growth and prosperity throughout history. Today, it is still strongly connected to the Athens city center and is the largest passenger port in Europe and one of largest in the world. A plethora of full-service and even world-class marinas along the coast ensure that all boaters can find what they are looking for in Athens.