Porto Rafti

This is an area that has been inhabited since antiquity. The port of Mesogaia was the gate of Attica for the northeastern Aegean Sea and Pontos. It borders with the Athens airport on the north, with Kouvara on the south and with the wider area of Mount Merenda, west of Markopoulo Mesogaia and east west from the South Evian Gulf.

A series of archaeological findings shows the human presence in the area as far as the Early Bronze Age (2600 – 1800 B.C.) and the region corresponds to the ancient municipalities of Prasion, southeast, and Steirias in the north.

The region presented activity in all years until the 12th century, right after the fall down by pirate raids, when the area was deserted. Thereafter, the Arvanites arrived in the 14th century and gradually, at the beginning of the 20th century, Porto Rafti became a small settlement with residents from Markopoulo, its inhabitants main occupation being fishing, the cultivation of agricultural products and the trading business with the Aegean islands. 

Porto Rafti is a bay consisting of 3 islets, Rafti, Raftopoula and Praso. The beaches reach out to Erotospilia and Avlaki. On the largest islet, Raftis, tombs of the Minoan period were discovered at the time and an ancient colossal statue of a woman was found, which the locals called “The Tailor” and the area was named Porto Rafti thereafter. However, this view is rather plausible and it is more likely the reduction of the second word “tailor” originating from the Albanian language Rrapthi “Platanaki” (nickname of Rrapthi “Platanos”), which was subsequently associated with the word “tailor”.

Today, the port of Mesogaia or Porto Rafti is a settlement of 9,000 permanent residents and a resort of about 90,000 summer houses.

Particularity: Due to its proximity to Athens and easy access, it was commonly used as a permanent residence for people who worked outside the area. The special feature of this area is that it evokes an older, more traditional life style with its conventional houses and that it still has available properties.

Transportation: Today it is served by the Attiki Odos Highway and the neighboring metro station, as well as the suburban railway station Koropi. The connection with the central areas of Athens is only serviced by KTEL buses.

Green: The area provides opportunities for nice mountain walks, but does not have particularly dense vegetation. More green can be seen in the attentive gardens of the various mansions.

Market: Porto Rafti sufficiently serves the daily needs of its inhabitants and in the past years commercial shops have been developed throughout the area. There are also department stores to be found with all familiar product and food chains.

Average property purchase and rental rates: Prices vary from EUROS 500 – 800 per square meter for purchase and, due to seasonal rent, EUROS 5.00 – 20.00 per square meter for rent and are highly influenced by the location, condition of the property and the view it offers.

Culture/Entertainment: It offers an intense life during the summer months, with a big variety of cafes, restaurants, tavernas and bars, most of which are located along the major road hubs. 

Spots: The Necropolis (1400-1100 B.C.) is located on the north side of the bay at Agios Spiridonas. Archaeologists identify the area with the ancient Attica Municipality of Prasion, from here sacred processions were leaving for Delos. A large ancient public building and baths were found in the center of the city above the coastal road of Gregou.

The beach of Avlaki is one of the cleanest coasts of Attica, permanently awarded with the green flag, and is also protected from the strong northern winds and meltemia.

The historical archaeological site of Vravrona with its famous ancient temple of Artemida can be found at the borders of the municipality of Markopoulou, where Porto Rafti belongs to. The historical complex and ancient settlement of “Apollonion” by Konstantinos Doxiadis is also an attraction.