Poros

1. Welcome to Poros island

Poros island activities, Greece
Poros island activities, Greece

The island of Poros is located just 2 hours away from the main port of Piraeus. Mother nature put all of her skills together when she created this little island. She placed the island close to the coast of Peloponnese, and she left a narrow path between the two coasts. A path which in the Greek language is called Poros. Then she filled the island with pine trees and blessed the sea around the island making it always clean and so blue…

Poros is located on the western side of the entrance to the Saronic Gulf islands. It has an area of 33 square kilometers, a coastal length of 32 kilometers, and is located 31 nautical miles from Piraeus. The island has a population of 3500 residents, the majority of whom live in the main town of Poros. The rest live in the coastal settlements on Poros, which have recently developed on the east and the west side of Poros town. All the islands hills are covered with thick pine forests.

Surf around our many web pages and you will see that we have created a whole travel guide of Poros island. You can book your accommodation on Poros, your ferry to Poros, Check out the best restaurants on Poros, Read about the history of Poros island, rent a car on Poros, travel agencies on Poros and alot more….

If you would like to visit the beautiful island of Poros, you may book your accommodation through our site and get a special discount.  If you need any extra information, then please contact us here information@abettergreece.com or +30 69 34 620 501 / +30 22840 24 879

2. Activities on Poros

holidays on Poros, Greece
holidays on Poros, Greece

Most of the beaches on the island of Poros are organized, there are many water sports centers with fun games for all ages. These games range from banana slides to water skiing.

Such water sports centers are found in Askeli, Neorio and other less organized beaches. Most of all, Poros island is famous as a popular sailing destination in Greece.

There are many sailing companies in Poros that organize courses and sailing trips in the Saronic Gulf and in the eastern coasts of Peloponnese.

3. Best beaches on Poros

Poros has many beautiful beaches…but the ones that stand out from the rest are:

Kanali‘ is a beautiful sandy beach, located after the little bridge connecting ‘Progymnastirio’ to the ‘Settlement’ next to Poros beach. It has very good fish taverns by the sea with a wonderful view to the open sea and villas with apartments to rent.

Askeli’, a quite big beautiful beach with a beach volley court, lies a few Kilometers on the North East of the port. There are bars, shops and taverns. Several hotels and rooms to let host mainly family tourism. There are waters ports and interesting night life.

Monastiri’, on the eastern side, is a quiet beach with clear waters and picturesque taverns, below the hill where the monastery is built next to a pine tree forest with luxurious hotels, the area is suitable for scuba diving.

To the north of the islands “Vagionia” is found. It is suitable for all types of fishing.

Under the sea you will find an ancient Greek town where the roads and houses foundations are clearly visible.

Poros island seaside, Greece
Poros island seaside, Greece

The ‘Russian Dockyard‘, a beautiful and picturesque bay, is announced as a historical monument due to its great architectural and historical interest. Opposite there is the little island of “Daskalio”.

Next there is “Gerolimenas” with the rocky is let “Petra“. ‘Neorio‘ is one of the most beautiful beaches of Poros. It is on the west side and the pine trees reach the sea. There are hotels, rooms for rent, restaurants and a supermarket. Here there is a water ski school, water polo facilities, all the water sports and for the night there is Club ‘Kalypso’ next to the sea among the pine trees.

The ‘Love little Port’, a very romantic place where one can enjoy the green and the clear blue waters swimming …under the pine trees!

‘Perlia’ is a picturesque beach with fish taverns and very beautiful apartment’s blocks for rent.

It is located opposite the “progymnastirio” very near the town of Poros.

The ‘Lemon Forest‘ is a big area full of lemon trees with lots of waters and waters mills. The forest leads to Plaka and Alikes with sandy beaches facing “Bourtzi”.

From the top, the view of ‘Lemon Forest’ is panoramic.

It is the most praised site of Poros in the Greek cinema films.

4. Sightseeing on Poros

Poros island sites, Greece
Poros island sites, Greece

The heart of Poros town is perched on top of a conical hill, which has two-store structure with a clock at its peak. This clock, the roloi, is the trademark of Poros. It has stood here for over 75 years, like a watch tower over the whole area, offering a fantastic view to those who climb up as far as here. Opposite is Galata, a seaside resort on the Peloponnese coast, set in luscious-green surroundings. In between Poros and Galata, a narrow strip of sea, only 300 meters wide, plays with the turquoise waters, forming small picturesque bays. On this hill, in the 15th century the first houses on Poros were built, so as to be protected from pirate raids. This settlement was called Kastelli and its first inhabitants were Orthodox Christian Arvanites, who came here from the Peloponnese to escape persecution from the Turks. Later on the neighboring hill was inhabited also, the hill that today has a half ruined wind mill at its peak.

The liveliness of the port in Poros impresses visitors as soon as they disembark from the ship. The shops, the cafes, the restaurants all create a special atmosphere. This atmosphere is added to by the sight of the two- and three-store houses, some of which have been built in the neoclassic design. A walk along the pier of Poros is most enjoyable. On the left hand side of the road going in a south-easterly direction, opposite the taxi rank, there is an old, un renovated two-store house. This is the mansion of Kanelopoulos. The rare iron work of the balconies and decoration beneath the eaves of the roof are worth taking a look at.

Sites in Poros town

  • The mansion of Kanelopoulos
  • The Archaeological museum
  • The clock tower
  • Alexandros Koryzis square
  • The Metropolitan church The neo-classic shop of Grivas
  • The sanctuary of Poseidon
  • The mansion of Deimezis
  • The kanali

5. Villages and settlements on Poros

Poros island view, Greece
Poros island view, Greece

Poros town:  The heart of Poros town is perched on top of a conical hill, which has two-store structure with a clock at its peak. This clock, the roloi, is the trademark of Poros. It has stood here for over 75 years, like a watch tower over the whole area, offering a fantastic view to those who climb up as far as here. Opposite is Galata, a seaside resort on the Peloponnese coast, set in luscious-green surroundings. In between Poros and Galata, a narrow strip of sea, only 300 meters wide, plays with the turquoise waters, forming small picturesque bays. On this hill, in the 15th century the first houses on Poros were built, so as to be protected from pirate raids. This settlement was called Kastelli and its first inhabitants were Orthodox Christian Arvanites, who came here from the Peloponnese to escape persecution from the Turks. Later on the neighbouring hill was inhabited also, the hill that today has a half ruined wind mill at its peak.

The liveliness of the port in Poros impresses visitors as soon as they disembark from the ship. The shops, the cafes, the restaurants all create a special atmosphere. This atmosphere is added to by the sight of the two- and three-store houses, some of which have been built in the neoclassic design. A walk along the pier of Poros is most enjoyable. On the left hand side of the road going in a south-easterly direction, opposite the taxi rank, there is an old, un renovated two-store house. This is the mansion of Kanelopoulos. The rare iron work of the balconies and decoration beneath the eaves of the roof are worth taking a look at.

Sites in Poros town

The mansion of Kanelopoulos

The Archaeological museum

The clock tower

Alexandros Koryzis square

The Metropolitan church The neo-classic shop of Grivas

The sanctuary of Poseidon

The mansion of Deimezis

The kanali

Mikro and Megalo Neorio

After the kanali, the road to the right passes through the village of Aspros Gatos, following the coast, which is full of small boats. The picture of these colorful boats, with the Progymnastirio and the hill with the town of Poros in the background is delightful.

Poros island, Greece
Poros island, Greece

To the west, an old red villa with white plaster railings on its balcony and verandas, looks over the strait of Poros from high up. It is thick with tall pine trees all around it. This is the villa Galini which means peace in Greek, perhaps the most beautiful house in Poros, which once hosted Arthur Miller and George Seferis, the Greek poet and Noble prize winner.

The route has nice surprises in store, and this is the first view of the beautiful sandy beach of Neorio. This is a small organised beach with a thick forest of pine trees next to it. A short distance from this beach, after the turn in the road, there is a second beach, much larger than the first beach, which forms an open butterfly pattern. This is Megalo Neorio. The beautiful sands here are also surrounded by thick pine tree forests. There is also a water sports centre here.

The next surprise is even greater, as the road approaches the magical little harbour of Agapi, with its little sandy beach, crystal-clear waters and the pine trees which literally hang over it. This is perhaps the most picturesque beach in the whole of Poros island.

The journey on the road which follows the coast continues. On the next bay there are the remains of the store houses of the Russian naval yard. Opposite this is the beautiful charming little island of Daskalio, with the church of Panayia and only a few, although very tall pine trees. The road – now a dirt road – passes over the most westerly point of the island, with the beautiful cove and the rocky island of Petra, continuing in a circle within a thick pine forest, connecting with the surfaced road a little before the sanctuary of Poseidon.

Sanctuary of Poseidon – Vagioinia

Poros island view, Greece
Poros island view, Greece

After Kanali, the road continues towards the north, passing through a relatively new neighbourhood of Poros, and soon enters a tick forest of pine trees. The road leads further into the hinterland of the island, ascending the hills of Profitis Ilias with many curves. After about two kilometers, a road to the right soon leads to the Posidonio bar- cafe, built high up in a wonderful position and offering a perfect view of Poros town and the strait, both during the day and the night.

The central road continues its upward climb, finally reaching a plateau with a view over a valley which spreads out to the left and descends as far as the sea. This is Fousa, well known from ancient times for its wine. The sanctuary of Poseidon will soon also make its appearance. This was one of the most important sites of worship in ancient Greece which began to operate in the late Geometric period, and which later also developed into a political centre when the League of Kalaureia (as the island was then known) was founded in the 7th century. This was the first time in history when the seven largest city-states of ancient Greece (Athens, Aegina, Epidaurus, Hermione, Prasai, Nauplion and Orchomenos) set up an alliance which had as its centre the temple of Poseidon Kalavreios. An alliance which today could be compared – and why not? – with today’s European Union, created after 2,500 and more years. The excavations at the site first began in 1894 by the Swedish archeologists S. Wide and L. Kjellberg, to be resumed again in 1997 by the Swedish institute at Athens. The ruins of the foundations of the temple of Poseidon are in the north west side of the site. The temple was built in the Doric order in the 6th century BC, with 6 columns on its narrow sides and 12 along its long sides. There is at least one column capital from the temple in the Archeological museum in Poros town, in which other column capitals from the sanctuary are also exhibited. Seven auxiliary buildings have been found near the temple, most of which are st oas or vestibules.

The area around the sanctuary, with a view over the Saronic gulf is very beautiful and some people have gone so far as to have built an isolated villa on the slope of some hill, their only communication with the outside world being a small dirt track. The only exception is the road which begins near the temple and continues down to the pretty bay of Vagionia with the settlement of the same name. The pebbly beach here is beautiful, with crystal clear waters, forming a large butterfly pattern, which has a little tavern in its centre. This was the second largest city after Kalavria. Whenever the waters are calm, the roads and ruins of the houses can be seen on the bed of the sea.

Askeli:  Askeli is one of the most beautiful beaches, not only of Poros but of all the Argosaronic. The crystal clear, clean waters, the golden sand, the fantastic thick vegetation which surrounds it all contributed to its speedy development as a large tourist resort. The hotels, bars, restaurants and water sports facilities ensure the visitors a comfortable stay. There are regular bus connections to the port of Poros which is only 3 kilometers away from Askeli.

Zoodochos Pigi Monastery:   As the road continues further east from Askeli, it reaches the monastery of Zoodochos Pigi of Kalavria after about 1 kilometre. The beautiful monastery with its white walls on all sides and the church in its centre, is built on the side of the stream. A little before the monastery, on the left of the road, the little church of Ayioi Anargiroi welcomes visitors. A small cafe next to it, its little tables below the plane trees, is just what is needed to provide all those who have come here by foot with a rest.

The monastery was built in the 18th centuries, next to a spring (Pigi in Greek), the water of which was said to have therapeutic powers. The monastery was thus dedicated to the Panayia Zoodochou Pigi, the virgin Mary Life – giving source, and it celebrates its feast day on the Friday after Easter, which is one of the island’s largest festivals.

6. The history and mythology of Poros

Poros island travel, Saronic Gulf, Greece
Poros island travel, Saronic Gulf, Greece

Poros is comprised of two islands Sphairia and Kalavria
(the name Kalavria means “gentle Breeze”). Kalavria at first was offered
to the god Apollo and he made it over to the god Poseidon in return
for Delphi. Kalavria is quite larger than Sphairia and is planted all over. Sphairia is a volcanic rock.

In mythology times Aithra founded in Sphairia the temple of Athena Apatoria in honor of her encounter with the god Poseidon.

In the north part of the island there are the ruins of Poseidon’s Temple, which was built in 520BC. The main Temple was built in Doric style, though some of its columns were Ionian. Nearly the Temple there was the built up area of Kalavria.

Such was the place’s importance that it functioned as the center for the Amphictyonic League (amphetamines: dwellers around”) a voluntary “cooperative” of city-states in both civic and religious matters, which included Hermione, Epidauros, Aigina, Prassies, Athens and Orhomenos.
At the Poseidon’s Temple came Demosthenes the ancient great orator availing himself of its right of sanctuary as Philip the King of Macedonia chased him.

Poros played a significant role in 1821 Revolution. It was placed on the map of history in 1828 where rival assemblies met to make important decisions, which set the Constitution in a positive direction. In 1830 the building of  the shipyard and naval station at Poros began.

7. Rent a car on Poros

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8. Useful information about Poros island

map of Poros island, Greece
map of Poros island, Greece

Poros is an island located just 2 hours away from the main port of Greece, Piraeus. Mother nature put all of her skills together when she created this little island. She placed the island close to the coast of Peloponnese, and she left a narrow path between the two coasts. A path which in the Greek language is called Poros. Then she filled the island with pine trees and blessed the sea around the island making it always clean and so blue…

Poros is located on the western side of the entrance to the Saronic Gulf islands. It has an area of 33 square kilometers, a coastal length of 32 kilometers, and is located 31 nautical miles from Piraeus. The island has a population of 3500 residents, the majority of whom live in the main town of Poros. The rest live in the coastal settlements on Poros, which have recently developed on the east and the west side of Poros town. All the islands hills are covered with thick pine forests.

Surf around our many web pages and you will see that we have created a whole travel guide of Poros island. You can book your accommodation on Poros, your ferry to Poros, Check out the best restaurants on Poros, Read about the history of Poros island, rent a car on Poros, travel agencies on Poros and alot more….

If you would like to visit the beautiful island of Poros, you may book your accommodation through our site and get a special discount. If you have fallen in love with Poros and you wish to stay, then perhaps you should look at some of the real estate on PorosIf you need any extra information, then please contact us here information@abettergreece.com or +30 69 34 620 501 / +30 22840 24 879