Overview of Poros
Verdant Poros is small in size but generous otherwise. It feels like a coastal town, as it’s separated by the Peloponnese only by a narrow sea channel. At the same time, though, it boasts all of the qualities found in the Greek islands of the Argosaronic Gulf. Poros is a very popular destination -and one the best weekend getaways for the Athenians- for many reasons.
It is easily accessible by boat or by car; it offers the irresistible combination of pine tree forests and small bays of emerald waters, plus a dynamic touristic infrastructure. Nowadays, it is a low profile but fairly cosmopolitan Greek island that still preserves its traditional, naval character. Poros actually consists of two insular parts, connected with a narrow piece of land. The first one, called Sferia, is the capital Town. The other one, Kalavria, is the mainland, with the forests and beaches.
The amphitheatrically built Poros’ Town is very picturesque, with marvelous neoclassical buildings, cobbled streets and the trademark Clock Tower (gr. Roloi) at the top of the hill for panoramic views. The waterfront is always busy, full of yachts, sailboats and of course many places to eat, sleep, drink and shop around. Nightlife, water sports, other activities and excursions to neighboring destinations are also on the agenda. Make the most of it – you will soon realize that Poros is truly able to satisfy any type of visitor, with its relaxing, refreshing spirit.
: Located in romantic scenery, surrounded by a lush pine forest, this small sandy beach with turquoise waters is one of the most beautiful on Poros. It features a few sun beds, umbrellas and a cantina. : You will definitely enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this beautiful lush pine cove with sand and pebbles – also favored by the island’s fishermen. Snorkeling fans will love it too; at the bottom of the sea lay the remains of an ancient town. : This touristic resort features two of the most popular beaches in Poros, both of which offer a variety of amenities and also the natural shade of pine trees. Mikro Neorio is small and sandy, while Megalo Neorio is a larger shore, with water sports facilities. : A pebbly, quiet and partly organized beach with clear blue waters, next to a pine forest. Water sports and many amenities are available here. Nearby you can see the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. : A long, sandy and pebbly beach located at the bustling touristic settlement of the same name, close to the town of Poros. It is fully organized and usually crowded.
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: The coastal settlement of Galatas is just across Poros (less than 10 min by boat). Lemonodasos (aka Lemon Forest) is a beautiful hilly region full of watermills, springs and more than 30.000 lemon and orange trees – a blooming sensation in springtime. The ancient city of Troezen (birthplace of Theseus) is a few kilometers away, while further north, in Epidaurus, you can enjoy some more ancient sightseeing, swimming, as well as one of the renowned theatrical performances at the Great Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus. : Boat trip around the island and also to the nearby Greek islands of the Argosaronic (Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Spetses). : A preserved monument that used to serve the refueling of the Russian fleet in the Aegean back in 1834. It is located at the picturesque sandy bay of the same name, which is ideal for swimming in its blue-green waters. At the bay’s entrance you can see the tiny islet of Daskalio. : Few of its remains are located at the plateau of Palatia, a spot with amazing views of the Argosaronic Gulf. It was a Doric temple built in 520 BC, dedicated to god Poseidon, the island’s patron. For the record, the prominent Athenian orator Demosthenes sought refugee here and ended up drinking the conium. : An historic fortified 18th c monastery, which contributed to the Greek War of Independence. It is situated in a magnificent location with plane trees and water springs.
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