A small island of the Saronic Gulf, Poros is a relaxing place for family vacations. As it is only an hour ferry ride from Athens, Poros island is a popular weekend destination in summer. The Town, constructed on the slopes of a hill, is the center of most activities on the island. The most tourist place is Askeli, a sandy beach with clean water and lined up with many tourist facilities. The most picturesque spot of Poros Greece is the Love Bay, surrounded by the characteristic pine forests of the island. Over the last years, the island has developed as a departure point for sailing trips to the Saronic Gulf. This is why many sailing centers have their base on the island.
A small island in the Saronic Gulf, with pine forests, serenity and old-world charm. One upon a time, two small islands – Spheria and Kalavria – came together to produce a little jewel in the Saronic Gulf: the island of Poros. A short hydrofoil ride from Athens will bring you to a place beloved by Seferis, the Greek Nobel laureate, and Henry Miller. A stone’s throw from Galata, on the mainland, Poros resembles a puzzle piece gone missing from the Peloponnese opposite.
Small boats bearing visitors come and go across the channel. When you land you encounter quaint tavernas, yacht marinas, neoclassical buildings, a clock tower, pine forests reaching the sea, serenity and relaxation. On foot, by bike or by boat, Poros invites you to discover its charming simplicity.
What to do in Poros
The town’s vintage charm
Poros’ neoclassical buildings ascend the town’s hill like seats in an amphitheatre. Walking through the narrow alleyways, among whitewashed houses wrapped in bougainvilleas, you’ll travel back in time. Want to dig deeper? Visit the Archaeological Museum in Koryzi Square to take in exhibits from the Temple of Poseidon, ancient Troezen and Methana.
The lemon forest
Across the straits, east of Galata, and seemingly plucked right out of a fairytale, stands the lemon forest. Tens of thousands of lemon trees come right down to the shore, interspersed with watermills, trilling streams and the chapel of Agios Serapheim, built in 1900. If your visit happens when the trees are in blossom, you’re are in for an olfactory delight.
Meet me on the waterfront
In the town of Poros, from Stavros to the western jetty of the new harbour, the waterfront awaits with offers of coffee, food and souvenirs. Fishing boats and sailing yachts line the shore. At night, the calm waters reflect the lights from numerous bars and clubs, creating a lovely atmosphere. You promise yourself you’ll have just one more nightcap in this idyllic holiday setting, on an island close to Athens.
The historic clock tower in the middle of town is visible from everywhere. It’s been counting every moment since 1927, but the best time to visit is at sundown when you’ll be rewarded with an amazing sunset.
The Temple of Poseidon
Among the pine trees in the middle of the island you’ll come across the ruins of a Doric temple to Poseidon, built in the 6th century BC out of blue limestone. Demosthenes, the orator, arrived here as a fugitive and ended his life by drinking hemlock.
Hidden gems of Poros
The Galini villa
Among the people who stayed here were Seferis, Greta Garbo and Henry Miller. These days you will only be able to admire the exterior of the red neoclassical villa as it is a private residence.
The Russian naval base
Admire the buildings that have been listed as historical landmarks and then take a dip right in front of them.
A castle fit for conquerors
Swim to the islet east of the port and conquer its small castle, there since 1827. Back then the locals used it to control the shipping coming from Hydra.