Poros | Old-World Charm and Serenity
Poros Island is a stone’s throw away from Galatas, mainland Greece, and about 1 – 2 ½ hours by ferry from Athens. It is a popular boating destination with a vast harbor that winds along with the town of Hora, the capital. Tavernas are along the waterfront with banks, supermarkets, shops, and the famous Clock Tower on the hill.
Two Saronic Islands make up Poros, Kalavria, and Sphairia, where the town is located.
Poros’s Mediterranean climate is warm and temperate. There is more rainfall in the winter than in the summer in Poros. The temperature averages 18.2 °C. The best time to visit is May and October, as these months have the best weather.
Places to See on Poros
- Towns and Villages: The island boasts charming towns and villages, like Poros Town. Explore the lively streets, interact with friendly locals, and immerse yourself in the island’s authentic culture.
- The Scenic Waterfront: The waterfront promenades of Poros exude an irresistible charm. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the picturesque harbors, where traditional fishing boats and colorful facades create postcard-perfect scenes.
- The Archaeological Museum: Delve into the island’s rich history at the Archaeological Museum, home to a remarkable collection of artifacts. These treasures, dating from the Mycenaean era to Roman times, offer insights into Poros’ ancient past.
- The Russian Naval Dockyard Ruins: A testament to Poros’ historical significance, these ruins stand as remnants of the Russian Naval Dockyard. Explore this intriguing site and imagine the island’s role in naval history.
- The Temple of Poseidon: Discover the Temple of Poseidon, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the god of the sea. While not as well-preserved as some ancient temples, its historical significance adds a layer of fascination.
- Clock Tower: Embark on a rewarding hike to reach the Poros Clock Tower, an imposing landmark constructed in 1927. Once you reach the top, the effort is well worth it, as you’ll see panoramic views of the island’s enchanting landscape.
- The Holy Monastery of Zoodochou Pigi: Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of the Holy Monastery of Zoodochou Pigi. Explore its peaceful surroundings and connect with the island’s religious heritage.
- Lemon Groves: In May, the island becomes a fragrant paradise as lemon trees burst into bloom. Experience the heavenly scent of lemon blossoms and take in the sights and scents of the Lemon Forest.
Things to Do on Poros
- Beach Exploration: Poros boasts a variety of beautiful beaches, each with its unique charm. You’ll find the perfect spot to unwind from sandy beaches such as Askeli and Love Bay Beach to the secluded coves of Monastiri Beach and Russian Bay Beach.
- Scuba Diving: Dive into the crystal-clear waters surrounding Poros and discover a vibrant underwater world. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, Poros Diving Center offers equipment rental, classes, and organized dive trips to explore the fascinating marine life.
- Cooking Workshops: Take a piece of Greece home with you by participating in a Cooking Workshop. Learn traditional cooking techniques, savor authentic flavors, and gain hands-on experience in creating Greek culinary delights.
- Weaving Classes: Discover the art of weaving at Ergani Weaving Workshop. Join weaving classes where you’ll create your woven project to take home as a unique souvenir of your visit to Poros.
Like all Greek islands, the food on Poros will not disappoint. There’s a vast array of dishes to enjoy. Try the souvlaki, small pieces of chicken or pork on a skewer, sometimes with tomato, onion, and peppers, and served in pita bread.
Tiropita is a cheese pie made in a wood-fired oven. Greek salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, bell peppers, feta cheese, oregano, olive oil, and salt. Or try delicious spanakoita (spinach pie), pastichio (a type of layered pasta dish), and keftedes (meatballs).
Many restaurants, cafes, and bars on Poros serve delicious local cuisine and international fare. Oasis Tavern and Poseidon Restaurant are two places that offer outdoor seating and fresh seafood.
Port of Poros. The port is in the midst of the town and offers numerous bars, cafes, and fantastic views across the bay. Sunsets from Poros Port are stunning.
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