Culture & History
Poros is the most verdant island in the Saronic Gulf. Lush pinewoods stretch down to the sandy beaches, neoclassic villas reflect into the Argosaronic Gulf waters, while a historic clock built in 1927, stands out on a hill over the port welcoming visitors to Poros island, which has been a popular destination for Athenians for many years mostly during the 60s and 70s.
Geographically, a small strait separates Poros Island from Galatas’ town in the Peloponnese, making the island part of Peloponnese’s north eastern coastline.
The city of Poros spreads over two rocky hills, where a particular architectural style mingles with natural beauty. The canal that separates the two parts of the island gives the place a magical dimension through that peaceful view.
Poros with its traditional architecture, picturesque houses, cosmopolitan life and modern facilities is the ideal holiday resort very close to Athens. It’s a place where foreign and Greek tourists can relax and have fun during the weekend, while luxury yachts’ owners can dock at the port enjoying the magnificent scenery.
Walking around the narrow streets of Poros, visitors have the chance to admire impressive neoclassic houses, proof that the island was a rich area during the 19th century. Moving towards the North, visitors come across the ruins of the temple of Poseidon, which is considered to have been the centre of ancient Amfiktionia and Kalavria.
Just outside the Poros town, visitors come across some dazzling beaches: Neorio, Love's Port and the Russian dockyard. On the other side of the island there is the green Askeli, one of the most touristic areas of the island. A little further away is Vagionia bay, where the important archaeological finding of an ancient Greek town is found at sea bottom.
Poros island visitors can enjoy several sports activities, like swimming, water skiing (with one of the biggest water ski schools in Greece operating in Poros), diving, cycling, and hiking.
Poros is the ideal island for travellers who seek high quality service and fine hospitality during the day and entertainment at night. Poros Island has a vibrant nightlife, with the bars and nightclubs in Poros town organizing lively parties till dawn.
The island has numerous restaurants, traditional tavernas and beach bars, where parties and dancing even take place during the day.