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POROS
 
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GENERAL
  
Poros is one of the cluster of Saronic Islands located south of the Athens port of Pireaus in the Saronic Gulf.  In fact Poros is so close to mainland Peloponnese that it seems more like a coastal town than an ‘island’ and does not really have the same feel as other Greek islands.  From the town of Galatas on the Peloponnese peninsular it only takes about 5 minutes by water taxi to cross the narrow strait to Poros.
 
Actually Poros is two islands, one a tiny spit of land called Sphalria, which is separated from the other island Kalaureia by a canal that is spanned by a bridge connecting the two.  The word Poros (meaning ‘passage’) initially referred to the narrow strait between the island(s) and the mainland, but everyone now refers to Sphalria and Kalaureia collectively as Poros.  Probably due to its lack of good beaches and coastal town feel, Poros is a tranquil place and does not attract as many tourists as some of its neighbouring islands. However, it is a good base for exploring the eastern Peloponnese and the other Saronic islands, with adequate ferry connections for island hopping or a series of day trips.
  
 
POROS TOWN
  
Poros town is the only town on the island, covering most of tiny Sphalria, spreading out along the bay opposite mainland Galatas.  A jumble of white washed houses with colourful red tiled roofs wrap themselves around the waterfront where sleek yachts, ferries, local caiques and taxi boats all vie for anchorage.  Low hills form a backdrop behind the town and on a rock base, the tall, white clock tower stands proud against the skyline.  Poros has good amenities, with plenty of shops, tavernas, restaurants and cafes scattered along the waterfront and through the attractive back streets.  There are also mini-markets, bicycle hire, chemists, doctors and a bank, not forgetting that a 5-minute water taxi ride will take you to the mainland for more choice.  Located on the northern end of the quay is the Greek Naval Cadet School, now part of the Greek Navy.  This is also home to the replica Greek Trireme, a magnificent vessel driven by three tiers of oars.  During the summer months foreign oarsmen are invited on board the Greek Trireme to take part, alongside the Cadets, in a unique rowing experience.  On the southern side of the waterfront is Poros’ Archaeological Museum and whilst it is only a small Museum, it is well worth a visit.
  
 
BEACHES
    
The main tourist areas are across the bridge from Poros town on the eastern shores of Kalaureia, facing the mainland.  To the south there is a small pebble beach at Kanali and another at Monastery Beach, which lies close to the attractive, but now uninhabited, monastery of Kalavrias.  The only other beach on Poros worth mentioning is Neorio Beach, north of Poros town, which is also pebbled.
 
 
INLAND
  
Inland, Poros has lovely scenery with an abundance of pine trees and low hills, the highest point being only 390 metres above sea level.  In the spring wild poppies flourish alongside the vibrant yellow of mimosa and a circular inland road will take you around the island in a day’s walk.  This road passes the site of the ancient city of Kalaureia and the remains of the Temple of Poseidon, built in the 6th Century BC.  It was from this great Temple that the stones were taken and transported to Hydra, where they still stand in the masonry of the Monastery of the Virgin Mary on Hydra town’s waterfront.
 
 
ISLAND CONNECTIONS
 
Poros does not have an airport and the only way to visit the island is by boat or hydrofoil from the Athens port of Piraeus, Methana on the Peloponnese, or by water taxi from Galatas (also on the Peloponnese).  Package holidays are available from only a few Greek specialist tour companies with charter flights to Athens, onward travel to Pireaus and hydrofoil connection to Poros.  Alternatively there are many low cost airlines as well as scheduled airlines flying to Athens.  Taxis are readily available at Athens airport to take you to Piraeus, journey time anything from 30 minutes upward depending on traffic.  Taxi prices are metered so check that the driver sets the ‘meter’ when leaving the airport.  There are ferries, hydrofoils and catamarans running daily services throughout the year if you wish to do-it-yourself or spend more than a day on the island.  For those having a holiday based in the Athens area, tour boats run every day from Piraeus to Poros throughout the summer.  From central Athens there are buses and the new underground (metro) to Piraeus as well as taxis.  Travelling to the eastern Peloponnese by car will take approximately three hours from Athens to Methana or Galatas, travelling via the Corinth Canal. For those seeking to island hop around the Saronic Gulf, there are daily ferries and hydrofoils to the other Saronic islands of Hydra, Spetses and Aegina.
  
  
  
The foregoing information was last reviewed in November 2006. Things change, and whilst we are often travelling in Greece we do rely to some extent upon others to provide updates in order to keep the site as current and accurate as possible!  If you have updates or information that you think should be included here, please do mail the webmaster@aguide2greece.com  - thank you.
 
 

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