Poros island Greece

     Just breath away from Athens, in Argosaronikos, lies Poros waiting to be discovered and enchant you with the beautiful architecture and picturesque of the island.
     You can reach Poros either by car, boat or public transport. By car, you can take the National Road Athens – Corinth towards Epidaurus and then follow the road signs to Galata. In Galata, boats and ferry boats are continuously transporting passengers and cars. It will take you 2,5 hours to arrive.
     By boat from the port of Piraeus, there is daily transport to the island with ferry boats and flying dolphins/ flying catamarans. From there, with the ferry boats it will take you 2 hours to reach the island and with the flying dolphins/flying catamarans approximately 1 hour.
If you choose to go by public transport, there are departures from the central bus station in Athens to Galatas or you can take the public train – proastiakos from Athens to Corinth and then by public bus or taxi to Galatas. From there you will get across the island with the boats.
     From Poros, there are direct routes by flying dolphins/ flying catamarans to the islands of Hydra and Spestes and to the small seaside towns Ermioni and Porto Cheli on the eastern side of Peloponnese.
     Wandering the narrow streets of Poros one can admire the large mansions and whitewashed houses with the bougainvillea backyards which will surely take you back in time and deliver you something of the island’s cultural heritage.
At the Archaeological Museum in Korizi Square you can see exhibits from the Temple of Poseidon, ancient Troizina and ancient wrecks. The Hadzopouleios Library hosts the Permanent Exhibition “Shells and the Sea”, of course the main theme consists the shell, and most part of the exhibits comes from the seabed of the wider marine area around Troizinia.
     The view from the historic clock built on 1927, a trademark of the island, at the top of the hill is breathtaking and if you wait for the sunset you will be rewarded with the magnificent sunset.
In the northern part of the island, a few kilometers outside the port, you will find the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, which dates back to the 6th century BC and served as an asylum in antiquity. There, the well-known orator Demosthenes took refuge and committed suicide in 322 BC.
     To the west of the harbor, stands the Russian Navy, built amphitheatrically, an interesting preserved monument worth a visit. The first buildings were built by the Russians in the early 19th century to support and refuel their fleet in the Aegean.
Just 2 km from the hotel is the 18th century Zoodochos Pigi Monastery, where at the entrance you can find is source well-known for its healing properties and worth a visit. It is a representative sample of island monastery architecture and the scenery is gorgeous as it stands on a lush slope of pine and plane trees. Below the hill where the monastery is built, lies the beautiful organized Monastiri beach with crystal clear waters.
     Opposite the island in Galata, 10 minutes by boat, is the well-known Lemonodasos (lemon-tree forest) a vast orchard of lemon and other citrus trees which is characterized as protected area by the European Union. Do not miss a visit to Diabologefyro (Devil’s bridge), a rugged area of wild vegetation and centuries-old plane trees. It is a wonderful place to walk as amidst lush scenery the landscape alternates with rocks, waterfalls and small lakes.

Poros island Greece Sights

February 2022

Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi on Poros

The old historical Holy Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi of Poros is located 4km east of the main city of Poros island and is built on the slope of a pine forest. It was founded in 1720 a.d. by the Archbishop of Athens Iakovos (Jacob) the 2nd, who, suffering from lithiasis, was miraculously cured, after drinking from the holy water springing near the Holy Monastery.

Temple of Poseidon

In the north part of the island there are the ruins of the temple of Poseidon, which was built in 520BC. The main Temple was built in Doric style, though some of its columns were Ionian. Nearly the Temple there was the built up area of Kalavria. The place was so important that it was the center for the Amphictyonic League (amphictionnes: dwellers around") a voluntary "cooperative" of city-states in both civic and religious matters, which included Hermione, Epidauros, Aigina, Prassies, Athens and Orhomenos. At the Poseidon's Temple came Demosthenes the ancient great orator availing himself of its right of sanctuary as Philip the King of Macedonia chased him.