Rafina

1. Welcome to Rafina

port of Rafina, Greece
port of Rafina, Greece

Rafina is located just 28 kilometers away from Athens, 10 kilometers away from Athens airport and it is calculated that Rafina has more than 16.000 permanent residents with double the citizens during the summer months.

Its geographical position has made it a bustling resort. It is considered to be one of the most important cities of Eastern Attica, since it continues to be a permanent attraction for its beautiful beaches and abundant greenery.

The port of Rafina has become the second largest passenger port after Piraeus for ships towards the Cyclades and Evia. Rafina ia one of the largest ports in Greece and connects the mainland with commercial ships and with tourist ships to many Greek islands (the Cyclades, Limnos, Chios, Lesvos etc.) while its closest islands are Evia, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros and Skyros.

2. Activities in Rafina

You can visit some of the nearby destinations!

Rafina area, Greece
Rafina area, Greece

In between Loutsa and Porto Rafti is the town of Vravrona, known for the 6th Century BC Temple of Artemis in a beautiful setting right by the crossroads from Markopoulo. It is one of those quiet magical places you find around Greece and to make it even more attractive the area around it has very little if any development. It’s all farms, vineyards, olive and fig trees as well as rocks, bushes, trees and wild plants and looks like much how Attica used to look like.

MARATHON:  Everyone has heard the story of the Persian defeat at Marathon at the hands of the Athenians. Imagine marching several thousand miles only to be wiped out 27 miles from the city you came to conquer by an army a fraction of your size. Marathon is an interesting place to visit, although there is not much to see of the battlefield. There is a burial mound in an olive grove and a plaque commemorating the great victory and a nice statue. The beach at Marathon is pretty nice and nearby Schinias is even better.

But the most amazing thing about Marathon is the marble dam that holds the water that supplies Athens. It is the only marble dam in the world and it is quite spectacular.

Just beyond Marathon is the seaside town of Nea Makri. Formerly a US Navy communications base, it is now a very nice place to come for lunch or a swim.

Schinias is the most beautiful beach in Attica. It is one of the few beaches that have a pine forest that comes right down to the sea and there are several fish taverns which run on diesel generators since there is no electricity there. The sea is shallow, generally clean, and if you come in the off-season which means anytime but August and weekends in July, you may be surprised at how few people are here. Various groups come to clean the beach of the plastic and paper that the winter winds and seas have deposited on the beach or blown into the trees. The pine forest is a protected natural area.

Rafina history, Greece
Rafina history, Greece

Porto Germeno:  Porto Germeno is the best place to swim in Attica. The sea is postcard blue in colour and the beach and town sit at the end of a large bay that faces west, with pine covered mountains on three sides. There is a modern looking town with houses and small apartment buildings, but the impression is of a small coastal village somewhere more remote than Attica.

But the most impressive part of Porto Germeno is the fortress and ruins of ancient Egosthena. The 4th Century BC fortress itself is the most impressive from that period in Greece with much of the walls and the towers still intact. There is a small church and the remains of a monastery within the fortress and inside the church are frescoes, the latest being from the 1830s.

3. Best beaches in Rafina

The bus to Rafina passes Loutsa and Loutsa is a popular beach resort. Loutsa is halfway between the airport and Rafina.

Rafina beaches, Greece
Rafina beaches, Greece

Zouberi is another nice beach, very close to Rafina, it is only 10 minutes away from Rafina a taxi won’t cost you a lot to take it from Rafina to Zoumperi, he should get you the most 5 Euros, the beach there is ok for kids is organized you can eat in the Nikolas tavern which is 2 minutes walk from the beach is traditional and the best choice in the area.

4. Sightseeing in Rafina

Ayios Nikolaos church:  This church is perched on one of the highest points in the town center, not far north of the town square.
The story goes that it was built after WWII by a group of condemned prisoners whose lives were subsequently spared when they were replaced by another group of people who were rounded up and executed as payback for the assassination of the German Commandant.

The fish markets in Rafina:  There is no question that Rafina is a fishing village. As you walk along the harbor there are small fish markets filled with fresh seafood to see. You know when you order seafood at one of the restaurants that you are receiving today’s catch because its visible at the market right next to the restaurant.

5. Villages and settlements on Rafina

Rafina taverns, Greece
Rafina taverns, Greece

Rafina is a town located on the eastern coast of Attica. Rafina lies east of the Pendeli Mountains and northeast of the Mesogeia plain with an area of farmland near the coastline to the north. The Cephissus River lies to the west. Rafina is about 30 km east of the center of Athens, northeast of the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport and to the north of Loutsa.

The Municipality of Rafina contains, besides the town itself, a large portion of the surrounding area, which is mostly forest and farmland.

Rafina is a port town serving ferries to the southern part of Evia as well as most of the Cyclades. Its port is the second largest of Attica, after Piraeus, but it will probably be superseded by the one in Lavrio, which is currently being expanded.

Rafina was established in the 1920s by refugees fleeing from Anatolia after the end of the Greek-Turkish War, 1919-1922. Its name is an anagram of the name of an ancient Greek city located roughly in the same place as the modern town.

The beautiful small church of Agios Nikolaos overlooks the blue sea just north of the town. The chapel was built after World War II by men who were to be executed, but spared at the last minute. The town commandant had been assassinated and the Germans rounded up the townspeople in retaliation. Another group of men were executed and those at the site of Ayios Nikolaos were spared.

6. The history and mythology of Rafina

In 1994, Rafina became a municipality and its first mayor was Andreas Kechagioglou, who kept his office until November 2011 when Rafina integrated with Pikermi as part of the Kallikratis plan. Following the planned municipal elections, Giorgios Christopoulos was elected Mayor for the new municipality of Rafina and Pikermi. During the past few years, the town has advanced significantly. Its population reaches about 12,000 people, and climbs to 30,000–50,000 during the summer. During the summer, many events take part in the town such as the “Augusts’ Moon”, which takes place in August when the last full moon of August occurs. During this day, many musicians gather outside the church of St. Nikolaos and sing songs about the moon.

Rafina suffered damage from a forest fire in July 2005.

7. Rent a car in Rafina

There are many car rental agencies around Rafina, we will give you their details very soon!

8. Useful information about Rafina island

map of Rafina, Greece
map of Rafina, Greece

The Port Authority of Rafina SA. (“PAR. SA.”) was founded in 2001 by  no. 2932/01 Law , following the amendment of Rafina Port Authority which was set up in December 1930 and is the official Administrative and Managing Authority of the ports of Rafina and Agia Marina in Grammatiko, which exclusively connect the mainland and southern Evia.

Rafina is 28 kilometers away from Athens, 10 kilometers away from Athens airport and it is calculated that Rafina has more than 16.000 permanent residents with double the citizens during the summer months.

Its geographical position has made it a bustling resort. It is considered to be one of the most important cities of Eastern Attica, since it continues to be a permanent attraction for its beautiful beaches and abundant greenery.

Rafina ships, Greece
Rafina ships, Greece

The port of Rafina has become the second largest passenger port after Piraeus for ships towards the Cyclades and Evia. Rafina ia one of the largest ports in Greece and connects the mainland with commercial ships and with tourist ships to many Greek islands (the Cyclades, Limnos, Chios, Lesvos etc.) while its closest islands are Evia, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros and Skyros.

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN RAFINA

Police station in Rafina+30 22940 22100 – 22940 29410
Municipality of Rafina+30 22943 21001
Citizens help and information office+30 22940 78870
Hospital of Rafina+30 22940 77777 – 72358 – 77791
Port police of Rafina+30 2294028888 +30 22940 22300
Rafina bus services+30 22940 23440
Taxi station in Rafina+30 22940 23101
Rafina sailing club ‘ Alikon’+30 22940 25535
Post office in Rafina+30 22940 23777

 

 

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