POROS ISLAND

The scenic and popular island of Poros is a prime destination for both greek and foreign tourists due to its proximity and easy access to Athens.

It is accessible all year around regardless of weather conditions, by driving from Piraeus or Athens to Galatas village in Peloponese Coast. Due to its geographic location it is ideally offered for day trips by hydrofoils to the islands of Spetses, Hydra, Aegina and Agistri.

Also by car to important archeological sites such as ancient Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Corinth and Nafplion.

Poros is the island of peace, romance and jauntiness. It is overgrown with pine trees which reach the rugged shores or the sandy beaches. The residents of Poros are like all islands, spontaneous, decent and hospitable.

Its Historic Clock is imposing from the distance on the highest top of the hill, among prickly pears and pine trees. It was built in 1927, it is visible from every part and it is the jewel of the town.

The houses by the sea are big and neoclassical. They are thebuilding of Deimezi, built with grey and red stone, the shop of Griva, with the big doors and beautiful decoration. From the most nice houses of Poros is Villa Galini, building of 1892, that has accommodated famous personalities of Art.

At the center of town you can find the archaeological museum, that is opened daily except Monday. Also someone can visit the Metropolitan Church of Saint George and the Xatzopoulio Public Library.

Some sightseeings that you must visit are: The church of Virgin Mary, after Sinikismo, "Zoodochou Pigi" Monastery (18th century), built on a green hill, with sea view. It combines tranquility with simplicity.

After the Monastery we reach the Temple of Posidon . Five kilometers to the north there are the remainings of the Russian Dockyard . There in 1834 were built stock yards for the Russian Naval.

Next to the Russian Dockyard there is the little island of Daskalio. At the end you can visit the famous Lemon Forest. The 'Lemon Forest' is a big area full of lemon trees with lots of waters and waters mills. The forest leads to Plaka and Alikes with sandy beaches facing "Bourtzi". From the top, the view of "Lemon Forest" is panoramic. It is the most praised site of Poros in the Greek cinema films.

ACCESS FROM ATHENS OR PIRAEUS PORT

By Ferry boats ...

Daily departures from the port of Peiraeus to Poros by ferry boats which not only take passengers but vehicles as well.

The first stop the ferry makes is at the port of Aegina, then it heads off to Methana and reaches its final destination which is Poros. The duration of the journey is around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Routes are operated by Hellenic Seaways: 210-41 99 000                                                                                                                TIMETABLE 


By Flying Dolphins ...

From the port of Piraeus there are daily hydrofoil departures to Poros, which only take passengers The trip lasts approximately 1 hour with the flying dolphin and about 1 hour and 20 minutes with the flying cat.

The routes are operated by Hellenic Seaways: 210-4117341                                                                                                            TIMETABLE


For information on ship schedules : To find out information on departures from Piraeus, please contact the Port Authority of Piraeus at 14944 (there is a fee for the call). Daily schedules are given through an answering machine.


By car...

If you own or rent a car, you can easily get from Athens to Poros in 2 hours.

Through Attiki Odos, get on the National Road Athens – Corinth and  make a left after the canal heading towards Epidauros (Corinth Exit B - Epidavros).

Drive for about 30 minutes and you reach the intersection of Epidaurus. Before getting there, you will see signs to Poros or Spetses. At the junction turn right and immediately drive under the bridge and make a left.

Then, follow the new road, making sure you don’t miss the sign to Poros. At this point, slightly turn left for Poros and you will reach Galata in 25 minutes, via the coastal road, from where you can hop on a small ferry to Poros.

The small ferry departures run every 30 minutes and the fare is about 4 €, including the driver. The road is an extension of the highway, good enough for the entire journey, with an average speed, it takes about 2 hours to get there.