Trip to Poros: Review of the Top Places of Interest on Poros Island

About the Island Poros (Greece)

The island of Poros is located in the Saronic Gulf, southeast of Greece. Poros is a very good opportunity to spend a weekend if you are in Athens. In fact, many tourists who want to get to know other beaches outside of Athens go to Poros, which is an hour away from the Greek capital.

When we talk about Poros, we must clarify that it is made up of two different islands called Kalavria (the largest) and Spheria (the smaller one, in which the center is located and which is of volcanic origin). There is a bridge between them.

Poros has 4,000 inhabitants and its landscape is characterized by its extensive vegetation, temperate climate, and mountainous soil. The main city, homonymous, was built on a hill and its port has direct access to Athens and nearby islands, such as Aegina or Hydra.

In addition, this island played an extremely important role during the independence of Greece and resulted in the first naval base in the country. In terms of mythology, Poros is said to be the island of Poseidon, the Greek deity of the oceans.

 

Travel to Poros (Greece)

If you want to visit Poros, Greece, you should keep in mind that there is only one way to do it: by ferry. But of course! You have options to do it. The most common thing among travelers who visit Poros is to take a boat from Piraeus, the port of Athens, to the islands of the Saronic Gulf. In the case of Poros, it is 1 hour by hydrofoil (a smaller and faster boat) and 2 hours by ferry. You can also travel to Poros by sailing boat, but that's another detail. Other islands with which it is common to establish a connection are Agistri, Aegina, Hydra, and Spetses.

 

Getting Around in Poros (Greece)

If you plan to travel to Poros, we recommend that you take into account that to explore the island on foot, by bicycle, public transport or car. In the case of a bike or car, you can rent either of these two at multiple points on the island.

 

Best Beaches in Poros (Greece)

The island of Poros has different sandy beaches to which visitors go, mainly on weekend trips to Greece. These are the most important attractions of the location and develop the island's tourism. Here we mention the top beaches in Poros. Some of them are: Askeli Beach, Vagionia Bay, Russian Naval Station Beach, Kanali Beach, Love Bay, Mikro Neorio Beach, and Perlia Beach.

All of them have restaurant services, bars, umbrella rental, snorkeling and, best of all, most of them have a large amount of sand and beautiful vegetation around them.

 

 

Best Things to Do in Poros (Greece)

Here we tell you about the top attractions of the island of Poros, Greece.

Forest of lemon trees in Poros

Poros is an island famous for its lemon grove, which has direct views of the Peloponnese. Sure, sounds dreamy, doesn't it? This forest was the setting for various works, such as the famous tale of the same name by Kosmas Politis, a Greek writer, and film director, where life in the countryside in 1930 is portrayed, along with iconic animals from Greece, the donkeys.

Archaeological Museum of Poros

Every city in Greece usually has a characteristic museum. In the case of the city of Poros, in Koryzi Square, you can find this beautiful museum that houses different archaeological objects dating from ancient times. Among them, we can mention stone engravings, ceramics, steles, Hellenistic figures, vessels, sculptures, and objects from the Temple of Poseidon.

The schedule of the Archaeological Museum of Poros is from 10:00 to 20:00 and general admission costs €2.

Temple of Poseidon at Poros (Greece)

It is located in the center of the island and dates back to the 6th century BC. Due to different natural catastrophes, only the ruins remain of this temple. However, it is exciting to visit, as you will be able to see Doric and Ionic columns among the remains.

Poros clock tower (Greece)

It is the symbol of Poros, which dates back to 1927 and was built in the highest area of ​​the city. Every traveler on the way to the island will see this attraction peer out from the waters of the Saronic Gulf. In turn, no matter where you are in Poros, you will always have him in your sights. From its top, you can see the entire bay of Poros and take impressive photos of Kastelli, a very picturesque area.

 

Eating in Poros (Greece)

If you ask questions about the traditional Poros cuisine, then we will tell you about the most important typical dishes of the island.

Poros Saganaki Mussels

It is one of the specialties of the famous Greek cuisine restaurant called Panorama Resto, which is located in Askeli and has unmissable views of the sea. This dish is a cheese scramble with fried mussels, accompanied by a sautéed carrot, celery, bay leaf, onion, and garlic and served with parsley on top.

Lemon Stuffed Sardines

This is another traditional food from the island of Poros. Do you remember the lemon tree forest that we mentioned before? Well, that's where this recipe comes from. In its preparation, the sardines are accompanied by notes of lemon, mint, garlic, olive oil, and pepper and are wrapped in vine leaves and grilled. Finally, the dish is served. You can find this delicious preparation in different complexes of Askeli Beach.

Poros Daglis Macarons 

If you are passionate about lemons, be sure to visit the Confectionery Workshop in the lemon forest! They dedicate their production of sweets to this fruit.

You can also find a family business, Amygdalota Porou Dagklis, which is dedicated to almond pastries, especially Poros macarons (also called daglis macarons), a delicious combination of almonds and macaroons. In addition, you can try almond liqueurs and ice creams, a fruit that the producers themselves plant and collect.

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