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Poros VegetationPoros VegetationPhoto: G Da CC 3.0 no changes made

On Poros, as on the other Saronic islands, the climatic and environmental conditions are better than on the nearby mainland of Attica. Almost the entire surface of the island, with the exception of areas on the north-eastern side, is covered with pine, cypress, citrus and olive trees. Lemon and orange trees can be found near farms. Around the village of Fousa there are vineyards where the famous Fousa wine is produced. To the north of Fousa, on the hills, grow shrubs and undergrowth, especially oak, mastic and bearberry. Sferia, where the capital Poros Town is located, is stony with very little vegetation.


The geological subsoil of Poros, mainly limestone, the absence of abundant vegetation and the climatic conditions prevent a rich fauna of mainly land animals and birds. Common larger animals are hares, wild rabbits, badgers, mice, hedgehogs, tortoises and ferrets.

Swallow PeloponneseSwallow PeloponnesePhoto: Takashi Hososhima CC 2.0 no changes made

As for birds, there are many on Poros, but the bird population is not very special: crow, swallow, swift, sparrow, cuckoo, wild pigeon, jackdaw, wagtail, blackbird, magpie and various songbirds, such as chaffinch, goldfinch and greenfinch. Migratory birds that find a resting place on Poros are turtle dove, quail, woodcock, bee-eater and golden oriole.

Gilthead Seabream, PorosGilthead Seabream, PorosPhoto: Roberto Pillon CC 3.0 no changes made

The sea around Poros has a fairly wide variety of fish species including: sardine, coronet fish, anchovy, bonito, mullet, red mullet, cod, goby, mackerel, horse mackerel, red snapper, sea bass, gilthead seabream, octopus, squid, devil fish, moray eel, conger eel, jellyfish, etc.



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