Lavrion is a Greek town that lies on the southeast point of the Attic peninsula. It has a population of around 10,000 and is around 60 km away from Athens. The town has a rich past. During ancient times, it was famous for its silver mines, from which the old city of Athens partly made its wealth.
It is said that the Lavrion mines are among the oldest in the world. The revenue from the mines was used to finance the Athenian fleet that defeated the Persians in the Greco-Persian Wars, as well as the Acropolis and other monuments of the old Athens. The mines were so rich that, at one point, more than 20,000 slaves worked on the jobs connected to mining. Aside from silver, many other minerals were discovered as well. All of this contributed to the fact that Lavrion had the first railroad track in the entire Greece.
After the production ceased, the mines were reopened in the early 20th century, this time for the extraction of lead, manganese and cadmium. This brought a large amount of pollution to the town.
Until recently, Lavrion was not a tourist destination. It was a former industrial town, with high pollution and even higher levels of unemployment. The city was bleak and unprosperous. A few years ago, however, the port was rebuilt into a major ferry terminal for boats that sail to the Greek islands. Also, a marina and several charter companies were relocated to Lavrion. All of this contributed to the incredible transformation of the town into a thriving tourist destination.
There are several good restaurants and tavernas in the Lavrion area. They include Yard, Kokovios, Faros and Festival Bistro. The nightlife is rich and guarantees a good time to the visitors. During the day, the visitors can take a stroll around the ancient mines, and they can visit the ruins of the amphitheater, one of the biggest and oldest in the country.
Larion is situated 35 km from an international airport, and is connected to Athens by a highway. This means that the town can be accessed quickly and easily. As already stated, its port is connected to a large number of Greek islands, which is why it represents an excellent point for a start of a magical journey across Greece!