"Greek cruises", "The most beautiful islands near Athens", "Aegina or Poros”. This is how our Google history looked like after we booked our tickets for Athens.
Trust me, you don’t know how creative you can get with your Google research when you don’t know what place to choose. The fear of missing the “perfect place” makes you question your decision over a comment left by a tourist 5 years ago. It’s crazy.
But things can work the other way around as well. It took us only some reviews on TripAdvisor and some pictures to spark our interest in this beautiful little place of paradise called Poros.
I remember reading about this island that it’s one of the locals’ favorite spots and I thought: “Man, these people know better for sure”, so we decided to stick with this option.
And we were not wrong. :)
How to get to the island
Feribotul catre Poros pleaca din Portul Pireu. Poti alege intre o barca de viteza (“Flying dolphin” sau “Flyingcat”), ori un feribot obisnuit (Saronic Ferries). Barca de viteza costa in jur de 25 de euro de persoana, iar feribotul in jur de 15 euro.
It takes you only 1 hour and 15 mins to get to the island from Athens with the first option and 2 and a half hours with the second one. But we strongly recommend you to choose the regular ferry at sunset, because the views of the sea are mesmerizing.
Where to stay
Poros has a lot of nice hotels and suites. Also the prices are very affordable compared to the other better-known tourist destinations such as Mykonos or Santorini.
We wanted a hotel which was near to a nice beach and the perfect option for us was New Aegli Resort. We got a room with a sea view and the Askeli beach was basically in front of the hotel. We chose to spend most of our time there because it was a perfect match for us - quite large and long, sandy, lots of options when it comes to restaurants and free sunbeds provided by the nearby hotels and cafes. It is important to mention that there is also a water sports facility in Askeli beach for those keen on some adventure.
You can support local businesses by booking through their own website (which we actually did) and sometimes you can get a better price as well.
Of course, you can choose from a bunch of different options based on what you value the most. But from our point of view, try to choose an accommodation which is at a walking distance from the Poros Town and the beach.
What to visit
Located on the southern part of the island, right next to the harbor, Poros town is built on a hill like an amphitheater. It has lots of narrow streets ready to be discovered by feet. Don’t try to use Google maps for directions, just wander around and feel the authentic Greek vibe. We felt like every picture taken there could have easily been a postcard ready to be sent to our friends and family.
On the waterfront you can find lots of cafes, taverns, souvenir shops, forming a good tourist spot for an evening afternoon walk.
The most famous landmark of Poros is the Clock Tower, built in 1927. You will have to climb some stairs to reach it, but the views are stunning. You will have a panoramic view of the city and of the adjacent city of Galatas on the shore of Peloponnese. It’s 100% worth it from our point of view and you can go there by taking a lovely walk up the little charming streets of Poros town.
This little place of paradise will make you appreciate this island a little bit more. It’s considered to be the most romantic place to visit because you can enjoy a cocktail while on a beautiful sandy beach, which is shaded by some pine trees. Yep. Can you ask for much more?
Situated in a quiet bay away from the hustle of the island, it immediately catches your eye with its emerald waters and pine trees growing almost at the shore. The beach has many sunbeds to sit back and relax, as well as a beach bar where you could grab a cold drink or eat tasty snacks.
Feeling like getting away from the crowds and spending a day on a secluded beach? Vayionia Bay is right there for you.
Located on the northern parts of Poros, this beach is a good example for the term "private". You can reach this beautiful tranquil spot using an ATV, a scooter or a car because there is no public transportation to get here.
Even though you will not be able to find any sort of facilities here, Vayionia Bay has a unique vibe. You will most likely be all alone, so if you want to take off several hours just for you and your friends, this spot is a must visit.
The North of the island
The northern part of Poros has a lot of stunning views and it’s such a great exploring experience! All you need to do is to rent an ATV or a scooter, fill up the tank and just...be amazed. This was for sure one of the highlights of our holiday and we were very happy with our choice.
Other sights to keep on you radar
- The Archaeological Museum of Poros - open to the public daily from 9.00 to 15.00 except Mondays
- The old historical Holy Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi of Poros - located 4 km east of the main city of Poros island and is built on the slope of a pine forest.
- Russian Dockyard - a picturesque little bay, at the edge of a piney valley
- Lemonodasos - ideal for an afternoon walk, this “Lemon Forrest” is a popular place to visit while in Poros
Check out Moto Rental Fotis. We rented an ATV with only 25 euros and they let us to keep it for 24 hours. The other companies asked us to bring it back until the end of the day, so having more time to use the ATV was clearly value for money.
To sum up, Poros is a lovely island where you can relax and enjoy a different vibe. It’s not so crowded, it has lots of nice places to visit, the views are awesome and … it is going to be very close to your heart if you appreciate what it has to offer.