Aegina, Agkistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Salamina and the peninsula of Methana form the island complex of the Saronic Gulf in southern Greece. Scattered all over the Argosaronic Gulf and steeped in ancient mythology, these islands are small heavens in close proximity to Athens. Daily ferry connection from the port of Piraeus makes them a lovely, easily accessible all-year-round destination for the Athenians, and not only. Visitors here will enjoy natural beauty, historical treasures, unique architecture, and glamorous, yet romantic atmosphere. To book your ferry transportation to Poros click here now!
The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheatre over two hills. In antiquity Poros consisted in fact of two islands, Sphería and Kalávria, but the last explosion of the Méthana volcano in 273 BC radically changed the morphology of the area. Sphería was cut off from Méthana, and in this way Poros took its present-day form.
Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cozy cafes and restaurants, a picturesque capital with grand mansions and picturesque cobbled streets, as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues are the ingredients of this quiet, yet cosmopolitan, destination attracting visitors of all ages.
Peer into the history and tradition of the island through a visit to its Archaeological and its Folklore Museums. Visit also the Temple of Poseidon; the Zoodohos Pigi Monastery –the most impressive ecclesiastical monument on the island; the Russian Naval Base and the Residence of Governor Kapodistrias. Follow a route through the narrow streets of the town that will lead you up to a hill, where the trademark of the island stands: the historic Clock Tower, where you can relax and take in a panoramic view of the whole town.
Stroll around the Lemonodasos, a verdant hill with more than 30,000 lemon and orange trees, located on the opposite coast of the Peloponnese, southeast of the town of Galatás. The boat trip will only take a few minutes. The view from the hilltop to the island of Póros is really stunning. Take your sailboat to discover the surrounding islets Boúrtzi, home to the fortress of the Byzantine admiral Nasar; Modi, with its shipwreck from the Mycenaean period, and Daskaleió, with its chapel dedicated to Virgin Mary.
The island of Poros.
Poros is famous for its beautiful beaches, stretching uninterrupted along the island’s coastline.
Askeli Beach The beach is located on one side of the village of Askeli. It is long, with golden sand and deep crystal clear water. It is also one of the busiest beaches in the island of Poros where you can find bars, shops, and taverns alongside. You can reach the beach by local bus or taxis from the town of Poros.
Love Bay Beach This adorable small beach and bay is a paradise on earth, where you can find white pebbles, golden sand, and clear waters. The superb beach and its narrow coastline is surrounded by pine trees and verdant vegetation.
Russian Bay Beach The charming bay, the golden sand, the calm sea water and overall serenity that surrounds the beach, makes the Russian Bay, probably, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
Mikro Neorio Beach This beach is located north-west of the town of Poros and here you can find long sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and high pine trees which follow the beach meeting the sea. Many restaurants, taverns, and hotels can be found near the beach.
Monastiri Beach The beach is located northeast of the town of Poros. Amazing views make this beach another small paradise. You can enjoy water sports and underwater diving too. However, the small beach gets easily crowded.
Kanali Beach Alongside the crystalline waters of the town of Poros, one can find beautiful, long, sandy beaches, neighbored by lively taverns with amazing views over the open sea.
Vayionia Beach The beach is located north of the town of Poros and is less visited by tourists. The sandy and pebble beach stretches along the bottom of a beautiful valley full of vegetation and citrus trees. You can also see the ruins of an ancient city under the sea a few meters from the shoreline. You must reach the beach by private transport as there is no bus service.
Kalavria Beach The beach is located on the eastern coast of the island and has a wonderful pebble beach with clean and calm waters. The beach is rarely visited by tourists. You can find a small tavern where you can enjoy traditional food or cocktails. You can reach the beach by bus or private transport from the town.
One can get around the island either by public buses, taxis or you can use the services of a rental company. Transport connections are good, only a few beaches being accessible solely by private transport.
The picturesque island of Poros.
Sunset at Poros, from the family vacation we took there a couple of years ago.