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POROS
Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageGreek
CapitalPoros Town
Area3 kmĀ²
Population4,282  (2021)
Currencyeuro  (EUR)
Web.gr
Code.GRC
Tel.+30

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Vacations and Sightseeing

Poros attracts many visitors for the weekend or to relax for a few days, mainly because of its good connections to Athens. It is a beautiful green island, with many pine forests, picturesque villages and beaches. The capital Poros Town is the only real village on the island. It is distinguished by neoclassical architecture and the beautiful harbour. A beautiful example of neoclassical architecture is the Villa Galini, built in 1892.

Poros is built like an amphitheatre on the slope of a hill and offers a beautiful view of the sea. The bell tower from 1927, the 'roloi', is the figurehead of Poros. It stands on the highest point of the city and offers a beautiful view of the sea.

Interesting is the Archaeological Museum, started in the sixties of the last century, with fragments of ancient interior architecture, a lot of pottery and a collection of 'tanágra', earthenware female statues from the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. Most artefacts date from the Mycenaean to the Roman period.

The monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, surrounded by lush greenery, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The monastery was founded in 1720 by Iakovos II, Archbishop of Athens, and in its grounds are tombs of famous Greek fighters of the revolution. In 1828, the first orphanage in Greece was established in the monastery. Orphans of parents who died in the war of independence were taken care of in this orphanage.

Poros has a number of small but beautiful beaches, mainly located on the south coast of the island. Askeli is the longest and busiest sandy beach on the island. Other beautiful gravel/sand/pebble beaches are Mikró Neório, Megálo Neório, Vayioniá, Kalavreia, Kanali, Panagitsa, Perlia, Russian Bay and Monastiríou.

Love Bay is probably the most beautiful beach in Poros. It is a small bay surrounded by pine trees.

The main archaeological attraction is the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon (6th century BC), located in the mountains of Poros and with a beautiful view of the island. The temple was one of the most important sanctuaries in Greece in ancient times.

In 2006, a shell museum was opened in the Chatzopouleios Library. The permanent exhibition called 'Shells and the Sea' gives the visitor an insight into the molluscs of the Mediterranean with their multiform and multicoloured 'home'. A nice day out is a visit to the largest lemon grove (approx. 30,000 trees) in Greece in Galatis, a town five minutes away by boat from mainland Greece.


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Last updated May 2024
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