Poros: Hiking & Hill-views

In the Saronic Gulf, south of Athens’ main harbour Piraeus, lie the stunning twin islands of Poros: perfectly placed for day trips from Athens by yacht, or as a quiet anchoring spot during a cruise around the Aegean. The northern part of Poros is Kalaureia;. a wilderness of wide bush lands, which blanket its smooth hills and shallow valleys beckoning relaxed hikes and walks in the mornings before the sun is high. Spharia, Poros’s southern part, is renowned for its choice of pristine sandy beaches.

The largest settlement on Poros is the eponymously named town, famed for its fantastically preserved neoclassical edifices. The settlement is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill and faces the mainland. Head to the top of the town to enjoy a great variety of restaurants, specifically a plate of fresh seafood whilst soaking up a splendid view of the mainland. Look out for the Poros clock tower. Erected in 1927, it can be seen from every point on the island. A cruise around the islands will allow you to take advantage of the water, from snorkelling and scuba diving, to swimming and using the toys and tenders at your disposal.

When to go:

June – mid July and September

High season:

June – mid July



Visit the Holy Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, founded in 1720 it has remained largely unchanged ever since


Head to Askeli Beach, the favourite of locals and never overrun, even in summer. Borrow a kayak and explore the bay


Hire quad bikes and discover the interior landscape on your own schedule


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