Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf.
The distance from Piraeus is about 58 km (31 nautical miles) and it's separated from the Peloponnese by a 200-metre wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across the strait. Its surface is about 31 square kilometres (12 sq mi) and it has 4,117 inhabitants. The town of Poros has 4,102 of these inhabitants. The only other inhabited settlement is Ágios Nektários (pop. 15). The ancient name of Poros was Pogon. Like other ports in the Saronic, it is a popular weekend destination for Athenian travelers.
HOW TO REACH POROS ISLAND?
1) By ferry boat: There is at least one departure from Piraeus port per day. The way takes 2,5 hrs. and tickets cost 10-13€ per adult.
2) By flyingdolphin / flyingcat: These speed boats depart from Piraeus port 3-4 times per day and the way takes 1 hour. Ticket costs 22,50€ per adult
3) Overland by car: You can reach Poros by your own car. The way from Athens to Galatas through Corinth Canal takes 2,5 hrs. You have ferry boat from Galatas to Poros every half a hour or by water taxi every 10 minutes (if you don’t need car on the island). You reach Poros from Galatas in 3 min. and ticket costs 1€ per person.
4) By public bus: you can take bus departing from central bus station in Athens to Galatas, then you cross to Poros Island in 3 min. by ferry boat or water taxi and ticket costs 1€ per person.
5) By publc train (proastiakos) from Athen airport to Korinth in 30min. and then by car or public bus to Galatas and cross to Poros Island by ferry boat or water taxi.
* The town of Poros, with its neoclassical edifices, is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. Its most famous landmark is a clock tower, built in 1927.
* The Archaeological Museum at Korizis Square houses findings from the Sanctuary of Poseidon, from ancient Troizen, and from other archaeological sites nearby.
* In the northern part of the island are the remains of the Sanctuary of Poseidon. The exact date it was built is not known, although researchers estimate it to have been around 520 BC. The dimensions of the temple, which is of the Doric order, are 27.4×14.4 m. There are six columns on each short side and twelve on each long side. It was here that Demosthenes, the famous orator, poisoned himself with hemlock in 322 BC fleeing from the Macedonian Governor Antipatros.
* Poros was the site of the first naval base in modern Greece, established in 1827 during the Greek War of Independence. Most of the activities of Poros naval base were moved to Salamis Naval Base in 1881. The site is still used today by the Hellenic Navy as a training centre for naval personnel.
* Bourtzi castle. It was built by von Heideck at around 1828, at the place were an old church of St. Constantine stood. The island was given to the Poros monastery from 1770 on by Antonios Serfos. The stand off between Hydra Island and Capodistrias gave the cause for severe fight here on 1831.
THE MOST KNOWN BEACHES ON POROS
At Askeli Beach is long and popular (busy) in the summer months, it has many tavernas along its front where you can take a break from the the sun bathing and have a cool beer or meze. Here the beach is great for children, shallow clear waters. There is a large water sports activity center at the end of the beach, where you can try your skills at water skiing or take to the skies with a go at parasending. Beach volley ball is also popular here with a sectioned off area.
Monastery beach is a little further along the coast and offers a quiet alternative to the busy Askeli beach, close to the Monastry of Zoodohos Pigi hence its name. The beach has its own little taverna for refreshments. This is as far as the local bus goes so getting to and from here without your own transport is easy.
Canali beach is the closest to the main town of Poros. Again it is excellent for children being shallow and clear water. There are a few beach front tavernas here to choose from.
Neorio is the second largest beach on Poros Island, it has many hotels, tavernas and restaurants to choose from. The beach is well looked after and popular with the locals.
Love Bay, a very popular little bay. Although it does get very busy and water front space is limited. Pine trees also offer some relief from the sun when needed. Very clear water here.
On this stretch of coast Russian Bay is the last beach. An old Russian Navy base gave the place its name (ruins of the buildings still remain) There is a small bar which hangs old parachutes up to offer its patrons a break from the sun. Very popular with yachts that moor here overnight, it is also possible to get a water taxi here from the main town just remember to arrange a pick up time!
On the north of the island is Vagiona Bay. Its quite a trip here and you need to either have your own transport or take a taxi. The drive here is stunning and from above the bay is deep blue. The beach is somewhat stony and not ideal for children as the waters drop off quite deep from shore. It is however a great place to snorkel so remember to bring the equipment with you. There is a caravan where you can buy drinks.
ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE ON POROS
Watersports (windsurfing, parasailing, banana, tubes, canoes, water ski, snorkeling, jet-ski, wakeboard), sailing, scuba diving, horse riding, mountain biking, trekking.