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Many pine trees, crystal beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes and restaurants, a picturesque capital with splendid traditional mansions and cobbled lanes, as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues, are the ingredients of this quiet but cosmopolitan destination that attracts visitors of all age groups.


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The Poros strait, the Galata coast with its pine, olive and lemon trees, and the scenic town of Poros with its neoclassical homes on the beach are landscapes of unique beauty. The verdant island has pine forests that cover the hills down to the sandy beaches. It has an area of 23 km2, beaches totaling 29 km. in length and a population of 5,000.
It was inhabited from the Early Helladic to Roman times, and witnessed its greatest growth in the 5th cent. BC. Since antiquity it has consisted of two islands: Sfairia and Kalavreia, which today are united by a small bridge. Kalavreia, initially dedicated to Apollo, who ceded it to Poseidon in exchange for Delphi; is verdant, with abundant waters. The smaller Sphairia, is a rock of volcanic origin, on which today’s town was built.
The town of Poros – the island’s port – is built amphitheatrically opposite the coasts of Troizinia. Its picturesque lanes, Neorio and the islet of Bourtzi offer a superb view seen from the centre of the island. Many houses are excellent examples of neoclassicism. Outstanding are the Deimezis building, constructed of grey and red rock, and the shop of Grivas, with its large doors and beautiful interior decoration. One of the finest houses on the island is the Villa Galini, which dates to 1892, and has periodically hosted major personalities of the arts.
While on the island, we recommend that you visit:
• The historic clock tower of Poros, the island’s trademark, located on the highest peak of the hill among the prickly pears and pine trees. From here, there is a splendid view of the port, the opposite coasts and the lemon forest. The clock is visible from every point, making it an ornament of the entire city.
• The Archaeological Museum in Koryzi Square, in which finds are exhibited dating from the Mycenaean to the Roman period. They originated from excavations in the temple of Poseidon, in ancient Troizina, in the royal tombs of Magoula and Apatheia, in Modi and in Agios Konstantinos of Methana.
• Bourtzi, the little castle that was built in 1827 to protect the port. It is in the bay of the Monastery, near the coasts of the Peloponnese and can be visited by swimming to it. Today it is uninhabited.
• The naval yard, the first to be established in Greece in 1830.
• The cathedral of Agios Georgios, distinguished for its wonderful murals by Constantinos Parthenis.
• The Palace (5.5 km. NE), where the ruins of the temple of Poseidon (520 BC) are located. The main temple was in the Doric order, a rectangular building with six and twelve columns on its sides. The foundation trench of the archaic temple has been preserved, as have the colonnades of the market and the council chamber.
Poros is also suitable for bicycling and hiking in the island’s pine forest. If you like hiking, visit Askeli and Galata.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation