According to myth, the name Salamina (Salamis) was given to the island by Kychreas in honour of his mother Salamis, one of the five daughters of the river god Asopos. Ajax, one of the most famous Greek warriors in Homer’s Iliad, was the legendary king of Salamina.
In Salamina you can visit the following museums and sights:
• Municipality of Salamina Folk Art and History Museum
This museum hosts exhibits on the island’s history, including a collection of local costumes, furniture, agricultural tools, weapons and ceramic items.
• Maritime museum
An outdoor museum in the area of Paloukia, exhibiting cannons and torpedoes.
• Ancient port
The ancient port is located in the area of Ambelakia and dates back to the 4th century BC. The port contributed significantly to the economic development of the ancient city of Salamis. The famous naval battle of Salamis also took place here. Ambelakia is the oldest village on the island, 4km south of Salamina town, and certainly worth a visit!
• Churches and monasteries
Visit religious monuments, like Faneromeni Monastery, Agios Nikolaos Kalyvitis and Agios Dimitrios Church.
If you want to swim, visit the southern side of the island, for beaches at Selinia, Kanakia, Faneromeni, Saterli and Kaki Vigla.
There are around-the-clock connections to Attica. Choose among the following routes:
Piraeus-Paloukia (every 30 minutes via passenger boats; duration app. 40 min);
Perama-Paloukia (every 15 minutes by ferry boat; duration app. 15 min); and
Nea Perama-Faneromeni (every 30 minutes, by ferry boat; duration app. 5 min).
Courtesy of GNTO