Some of the island’s most renowned sights and monuments are listed below:
- Zoodochou Pigis Monastery built in the 18th century amongst pine and plane trees with a beautiful view to the sea. The monastery combines serenity with architectural minimalism. The graves of Admirals Tobazis, N.Apostolis and An. Miaoulis are also located within the monastery walls
- The Archaeological Museum of Poros at Korizi square, which operates 6 days a week (except Sundays) from 9.00 a.m. to 15.00p.m., contains a notable collection of artifacts found on the island, including collections of funerary stela, ancient inscriptions, figurines, pottery and bronze vessels
- The wonderful wall paintings of Parthenis found in the Metropolitan Temple of St. George
- The public library
- The ruins of the Russian naval yard, which constitute a very interesting historical monument
Not to Be Missed
In the northern part of the island are the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, which was built around 520 BC This Doric rhythm temple featured a big pelvis and multiple arcades. Near the temple there was the settlement of Kalavria, while in Vagionia bay there was another ancient settlement which sank, in the sea. This area is ideal for diving!
In the centre of Poros town, the dominant element is the big clock, which was built in 1927 and is visible from every part of the island, being therefore the hallmark of Poros. Walking up the little hill that hosts the Clock recompenses visitors with a magnificent, peaceful view.
Poros Island is advantageously situated very close to the Peloponnese, which facilitates the island’s visitors to explore nearby monuments and sights. Among them are:
- Lemon Tree Forest, at Galatas, about 5 minutes from the Poros port. This unique forest has been declared a protected area by the European Union.
- Epidavros: The ancient theatre of Epidavros is about 40 minutes away from Poros
- Korinthos Canal: While traveling by car from Athens to Poros (about a 2 and a half hour drive from the Athens International Airport), travellers pass by the breathtaking Corinth Canal which seperates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece and connects the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf. It is a popular stop for a short break and some spectacular pictures of boats of all sizes passing through this amazing manmade construction.
- Ancient Mycenae: One of the most popular cultural sites not only in the Peloponnese but also in Greece is also easily accessible from Poros
- Hydra Island: The quaint island of Hydra is an ideal destination for a one day visit, since it is only 20 minutes away by boat
- Trizina – Devil’s Bridge: About 10 km. from Galatas, is the beautiful village of Trizina, where travellers can visit the ruins of Ancient Trizina and admire the Devil’s Bridge (Diavologefyro), a natural stone bridge over a narrow gorge. A slippery path guides the boldest visitors to the bottom of the gorge, where they will find themselves encompassed by an amazing natural ambience.
- Methana Volcano: Methana Island is another interesting destination, which is about a 30 min drive from Poros Island. Methana is famous for its turquoise waters and the volcano which erupted around 300 BC formulating the wider area, including the eastern part of the Peloponnese and Poros Island.