Athenian holidaymakers still making mass exits at Attica ports ahead of Aug. 15th
Traffic to the ports of Attica increased over the weekend, while capacity on ships nearly reached 100%.
According to the ship companies' reservation system, 24 ships are leaving the country's main port of Piraeus on Sunday, carrying at least 29,585 passengers. In addition, another 33 sailings from the same port carrying 4,500 passengers will head to the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf, including among others the islands of Salamina, Egina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, and Angistri.
At the Rafina port, 11 sailings are scheduled on Sunday with 5,252 passengers, while Lavrio has 7 sailings scheduled with 1,950 passengers.
The exodus of Athenian holidaymakers from Attica's 3 biggest ports continued on Saturday, as 23 ferries, all carrying tens of thousands of passengers, the Hellenic Coast Guard reported. (On Saturday, a total of 23 ships sailed from Piraeus to the islands (32,580 passengers), another 14 from Rafina (9,897), and 8 from Lavrio (4,124)).
On Friday, 24 ships totaling 29,198 passengers departed from the port of Piraeus, while 11 ships with 2,843 passengers sailed off from the port of Lavrio, and another 17 ferries with 8,102 passengers departed from the port of Rafina.
August 15th, feast day for the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, is one of Greece's biggest holidays after Christmas and Easter.