Faliro is a seaside suburb 8 km southwest of downtown Athens. There are two communities sharing the name: Palaio (Old) and Neo (New) Faliro. Palaio Faliro is a municipality, whereas Neo Faliro is part of the town of Piraeus. Although the two communities mark the northwestern and southestern ends of the namesake Bay, they are not contiguous.
The sandy bay in the southwest, named Phaleron Bay, is lined near Poseidonos Avenue. It was the major port of Athens before Themistocles had the three rocky natural harbours by the promontory of Piraeus developed as alternative, starting from 491 BC. Olympic venues for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games are located near the Saronic shoreline.