Written by Missy Johnston

Lavrion, Greece

Lavrion, Greece

Located southeast of Athens, on the mainland just north of the Cycladic Islands, the town of Lavrion, Greece might seem like just another place to board a yacht charter before heading out to sea; however, Lavrion has many fascinating history and exciting attractions of its own. Here are a few suggestions of some of the most memorable things to do while in Lavrion before cruising the lovely Greek Islands

Self-Guided Walking Tours

Lavrion is perhaps best explored on foot before setting sail for the rest of a luxury yacht charter in Greece. From the 19th century and into the 20th, Lavrion functioned primarily as a silver mining town. Today, visitors walking around the city can see perfectly preserved 19th-century worker housing, the Lavrion Mineral Museum and Archaeological Museum, the Technical and Cultural Park, as well as several French Catholic churches and cathedrals.

Sailing Yacht Moored in Marina- Lavrion, Greece

Sailing Yacht Moored in Marina- Lavrion, Greece

The Mineralogical Museum features more than 800 different types of minerals mined from the land around Lavrion. These comprise an astonishing 16 percent of the world’s known minerals and include many rare displays that will interest mineral enthusiasts and casual visitors alike.

The Archaeological Site at Thorikos

Though the town of Lavrion is known for the French Mining Company of the 1800s, the local area history goes back much further. The town, which used to be known as Thorikos, features a 6th-century amphitheater and evidence that silver and other ores were mined as early as 3000 BC. The archaeological site at Thorikos includes Neolithic artifacts dating back to 4000 BC or earlier, as well as ancient graves and tombs that show how prosperous members of the ancient society were laid to rest.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Underwater Snorkeling in Greece

Underwater Snorkeling in Greece

The crystal blue waters of Greece have earned their reputation as a hotspot for divers and snorkelers. Experienced divers enjoy the reefs, shipwrecks, colorful fish, and even some canyons and underwater caverns. The swimming and snorkeling is perfect in the beautiful water surrounding Lavrion.

Mouthwatering, Fresh Seafood

Greece Island Taverna Octopus Drying in the Sun

After a day of walking and exploration, what could be better than a wonderful plate of fresh-caught seafood? Even Athenians regularly make the drive down to Lavrion to enjoy the hard work of local fishermen.

Enjoy fresh grilled fish or other seafood in a local taverna right on the sea. Some local favorites include fried calamari or octopus and ouzo, an anise-flavored aperitif that is popular with Greeks.

Traditional Greek cuisine - Grilled Octopus

Traditional Greek cuisine – Grilled Octopus