General Information

 

Poros is located in the southwestern Saronic Gulf off the Peloponnese coast. The island has an area of 23 sq. kilometers and a population of 3,993; the municipal boundaries include 36 sq. kilometers of land on the Peloponnese side, extending from Galatas to the coast opposite Hydra. Poros is 29 nautical miles from Piraeus, with daily sea links to the port. Its terrain features several coves and beaches as well as two low mountains—Profitis Ilias (alt. 314 meters) and Vigla (alt. 378 meters)—with dense tree and shrub cover. The sheltered harbor in the strait is framed by the mountains of Trizinia and Methana in the distance, creating a tranquility beautifully described by the Nobel laureate poet George Seferis in his poem “Kichli,” which he wrote while staying at the Villa Galini.

 

Poros’s harbor is the safest in the Saronic and one of the best-sheltered natural harbors in Greece, with moorings for 200 boats and anchorage for many more. It is ideal for sailing, sea kayaking, diving, and water skiing, with large, undeveloped tracts of pine forest for cycling, hiking, and mountain biking. Poros Town is built along a low promontory extending into the strait and is marked by the clock tower on a small ridge over it. The long, open waterfront is framed by neoclassical structures, while stepped or sloped passages wind up from the quay to the town.

 

Finds from local excavations are housed in the Archaeological Museum, while other sights include an interesting shell collection at the Municipal Library and an assortment of artifacts at the Folklore Collection in the Syngrou Building. Other points of interest are the ruins of Poseidon’s temple at Palatia and the 18th-century Zoodohos Pigi Monastery. Easy access to the Peloponnese coast recommends Poros as a base for exploring nearby sites such as the Lemon Grove (Lemonodassos), scant ruins of a temple dedicated to Artemis at Artymos, ancient Troezen, the Psifta wetlands, and the Methana volcano. Epidaurus, Mycenae, and other famed archaeological sites in the Argolid can also be reached within an hour’s drive.

 

Poros has a well-developed tourism infrastructure, with a range of accommodations and a large selection of restaurants, tavernas, and cafes that make it an attractive destination. Yet the island has seen only mild development, thus preserving both its traditional style and natural beauty. Another advantage is the island’s proximity to Athens and its accessibility by land as well as by sea.