The town of Lavrion
The town of Lavrion on the tip of the Attica Peninsula is not featured prominently in very many guidebooks about Greece even though it has the oldest and biggest ancient amphitheater in the country and a mysterious giant hole that would be an attraction to Archeologists and seekers of unexplained phenomena if they knew about it.
The area is known for its industry and mining operations from ancient times. This is where the giant columns from the temple of Poseidon at nearby Sounion were dug out. The Silver mines date back to prehistoric times. The washeries where the silver was extracted are still visible and currently in a state of being restored. These mining facilities are believed to be the oldest in the world! The Lavrion Silver mines financed the fleet with which the ancient Athenians defeated the Persians, and financed the building of the Acropolis and other monuments of the Golden Age of Athens.
Today, you will find all the commodities of the modern world, restaurants, shops, cafes, night clubs and bars. The newly rebuilt port is now major ferry terminal for the Greek islands and it houses several sailboat charter companies and a marina.
You can get to Lavrion by Orange buses that leave from Green Park (Areos Park) where Alexandras Avenue connects with 28 October-Patission Street. They leave every half-hour. There is also a bus from the airport. With the new ring roads you can now be in Lavrion in under an hour by taxi. From Lavrion you can catch the ferry to Kea which leaves several times a day. There is also a high-speed ferry during the summer that goes to the Cyclades. Two or three times a week the NEL ferries stop in Lavrion during its trip around the Cyclades.