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Marina Zeas (or Limin Zeas) is situated in Piraeus, Athens, on the Eastern shore of the Peninsula of Piraiki and it is a natural marina, one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea. The area is one of the most beautiful and picturesque neighbourhoods of Piraeus.

Marina Zeas is also known as Passalimani, pasha being the Turkish governor and limani meaning harbor, since it was used centuries ago by the Ottoman fleet during the Ottoman Turkish occupation. Piraeus has been the port of Athens since ancient times. Themistocles was the discerning politician of Ancient Athens who not only anticipated the naval supremacy of Athens, but understood the importance of Piraeus harbors in accomplishing it as well. Marina Zeas was one of the major naval ports, with dry docks for 196 triremes.

After the declaration of the Independence of Greece, the Greek government revived its old name, Zeas, but locals sometimes refer to it by its previous name.

Today it functions as a marina for small ships, yachts and boats. Its waterfront with its many bars and restaurants, tavernas and cafes is a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists alike.

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