Saronic Gulf, Greece
Poros is a beautiful green island in the Saronic Gulf. The Greek island is great for relaxing holidays and it is an ideal destination for short weekend trips from Athens. On this Ferryhopper page, you can find information about the best beaches, sights and attractions on the island. Discover the secrets of Poros and book cheap ferry tickets on Ferryhopper!
Fishing boats by the beautiful esplanade of Poros
Vacation in Poros
Poros is one of the prettiest islands of the Saronic Gulf. It is one of the most popular destinations for weekend escapes, as it is really close to Athens. Poros is made up of 2 islands, divided by a narrow canal: Sfairia and Kalavria. During your stay in Poros, you can enjoy peace and quiet, swim in magical beaches, explore impressive forests, taste delicious dishes and follow beautiful hiking trails.
How to get to Poros
You can travel from the port of Piraeus in Athens to Poros throughout the year. The ferry route is serviced both by standard vessels and high-speed ferries. Alternatively, you can drive to the village of Galatas in the Peloponnese, which is around 2.5 hours by car from Athens, and catch a ferry to Poros from there. The Galatas - Poros trip is just 10 minutes. Have a look below for more information about the ferry trip from Athens to Poros.
What to do in Poros
In Poros, you can visit the main village of the island and explore the remote beaches, green landscapes and lively bar scene. The capital of Poros is located in the volcanic island of Sfairia, above the port. Explore the quaint alleys of the village and admire the neoclassical buildings, colorful corners and cute shops. Don’t forget to visit the clock tower of Poros, one of the most important landmarks of the island and a favorite sunset viewing spot.
In the summer, the promenade of Poros is the place to be night and day. We recommend walking along the promenade to enjoy the warm summer night and the cool sea breeze, before heading to one of the bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Tip: Ferryhopper suggests you take the boat to the village of Galatas, opposite Poros, to visit the church of Agios Serafim and the beautiful lemon tree forest.
Beaches in Poros
Despite its small size, Poros is home to many easily accessible beaches. Most beaches are on the southern and western coast of the island of Kalavria and they have visitor amenities. The beaches of Poros are distinguished by the lush greenery and plenty of natural shade.
Here are some of the top beaches in Poros:
- Askeli: The sandy beach of Askeli is the largest and most popular beach in Poros. It has eucalyptus trees for shade and plenty of visitor amenities, including sun loungers, umbrellas, showers, changing rooms, WC, a beach volleyball court, water sports centers, a water skiing school, tavernes and a café. It is located in the resort of Kiani Akti.
- Vagionia: This is a peaceful picturesque cove with emerald waters, sand and pebbles. There are sun loungers, umbrellas and a café snack bar. It’s great for underwater exploration, as its seabed is home to an ancient settlement!
- Love Bay: The tall trees, blue waters and golden sand create a dreamy setting, perfect for romantic moments. Love Bay has visitor amenities and a food truck.
- Neorio: Neorio is divided into two beautiful beaches: Mikro Neorio and Megalo Neorio. Both beaches are sandy and have pine trees that stretch all the way to the calm waters. You can find sun loungers, umbrellas and a food truck.
- Russian Naval Station: This is a sandy beach with clear waters and a food truck. The charming cove is named after the ruins of the listed old Russian naval station that lie by the coast.
- Kanali: The sandy beach of Kanali is the closest to the village of Poros. There are visitor amenities, a beach bar and tavernes. You can get there on foot.
- Monastiri: Monastiri is a small peaceful pebble beach with crystal-clear waters and visitor amenities.
- Calypso: It’s a beautiful sandy beach with blue waters and pine trees. There are umbrellas and sun loungers.
The lush green Love Bay in Poros
Activities and sightseeing in Poros
During your vacation in Poros, there’s a lot to see and do! You can walk on beautiful trails through pine forests and enjoy the view to the bays of Poros and Troizina. Another great way to discover the beautiful natural sites of the island is by bicycle! You can bring yours on the ferry to Poros or rent one on the island. Moreover, there are many water sports centers for diving and water skiing. If you like seafaring adventures, you can go on a boat trip to the nearby islets of Daskalio, Bourtzi and Lazareto to swim in peace and see quaint churches.
Also, Poros is a great place to visit for history lovers! The rich history of the Greek island dates back to antiquity and there are monuments of great historical importance.
We recommend that you visit the following historical sites:
- The Archaeological Museum of Poros
- The Sanctuary of Poseidon
- The Folklore Museum of Poros
- The Russian Naval Station
- The clock tower of Poros
- The Ntana lighthouse
- The Bourtzi islet fortification
Tip: if you’re in the mood for more cultural activities, you can visit the town of Epidaurus, a 40-minute drive from Galatas, to attend a performance at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
Boat trip to the small islet of Daskalio in Poros
Nightlife in Poros
Poros has a vibrant nightlife with plenty of entertainment, drinking and culture options. During the weekend, many young travelers from Athens visit Poros to have fun and the island gets really busy! The village of Poros and the beach of Askeli are great if you’re after loud bars, delicious cocktails and fun till the early morning hours. You can also find a dance club at the village of Poros, as well as many restaurants, traditional tavernes and laid-back café-bars.
We also recommend that you watch a movie at the open-air cinema Diana and attend one of the many family-friendly street performances taking place in the summer.
Food in Poros
In Poros, you can find many budget-friendly and haute-cuisine dining options. You can try ouzo and seafood mezzes at one of the local waterfront restaurants, such as Apagio, taste delicious stews at Vasilis in Megalo Neorio, eat scrumptious meat dishes at Dimitris while enjoying the view and experience contemporary Mediterranean dining at Askeli restaurant. Don’t leave the island without trying the amazing ice-cream at Vessala on the promenade of Poros.
Here are some of our favorite local delicacies of Poros:
- Amigdalota: almond biscuits
- Lemon spoon sweet
- Fresh fish and seafood
- Grilled meats and stews
- Sardines wrapped in vine leaves
Villages in Poros
Most permanent residents live in the village of Poros, which is the largest village on the island and the heart of the action when it comes to services and traveler amenities. There are 2 more villages on the island of Kalavria, Agios Nektarios and Kiani Akti. Apart from the villages of Poros, we recommend that you explore the neighboring islets as well.
View to the Peloponnese from the village of Poros
Useful information for Poros
Poros has all necessary amenities for travelers wishing to visit the island. The island capital has pharmacies, shops, banks, supermarkets, ATM machines and gas stations. There’s also a regional medical center in Neorio. As for accommodation, there are many hotels and vacation rentals for all budgets. Most of the hotels, rooms and holiday homes are in Poros, Neorio, Askeli, Perlia and Galatas.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Poros
Here are some useful contacts for your trip to Poros:
- Poros Port Authority: +302298022274
- Poros Medical Center: +302298022600
- Galatas Medical Center: +302298320300
- Poros citizen service center (KEP): +302298029102
- Poros Police Station: +302298022256
Transportation in Poros
Getting around Poros is quite easy, as there is a good road network for cars and motorcycles, and you can catch taxis, buses and water taxis to get from A to B. Many people also use bicycles to explore the island. Buses in Poros depart every 30 minutes from the port square and serve the following routes: Poros - Perlia - Mikro Neorio - Love Bay - Russian Naval Station and Poros - Kanali - Askeli - Monastiri.
Ports in Poros
The main port of Poros, usually serving ferry routes to Galatas, Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf, is located on the southwestern edge of the island of Poros, close to the clock tower. There’s also a smaller harbor, 500 metres north of the main port, where you can normally catch a boat to Galatas, Methana and the small islets around Poros.
You can get to both ports on foot from the center of the village, as well as by bus from the major beaches and villages of the island. There are shops, cafés, restaurants, ATM machines and car rentals in the port area.
Good to know: ferries departing from Poros may use both ports, so it's better to check with the Port Authority before you trip.
Island hopping from Poros
Poros is an ideal starting point for your island-hopping adventure in the Saronic Gulf. You can be in Hydra in less than 30 minutes, as well as to the Peloponnese in 10 minutes by boat. You can also visit more islands of the Saronic Gulf and beautiful destinations in mainland Greece by ferry from Poros.
There are direct ferries from Poros to the following ports:
- Porto Cheli
On Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, you can find all available ferry routes and schedules from Poros, to plan your island-hopping trip in the Saronic Gulf. Compare ferry companies and tickets and find the best offers on Ferryhopper!
Ferry at the port of Poros
Poros ferry: schedules and tickets
Ferries from Piraeus to Poros are daily year-round, as the island is one of the top destinations for weekend and short getaways. You can get from Piraeus to Poros with a fast ferry in just 1 hour or catch a standard ferry with a journey duration of 2.5 hours. During peak season, there are up to 7 daily ferry crossings from Piraeus to Poros.
Tip: vehicle ferry tickets tend to sell out fast for weekend trips. Ferryhopper suggests that you book the soonest if you’re planning to bring your car or motorcycle to Poros. Also, bear in mind that high-speed ferries do not have car decks.
Where to book ferry tickets online to Poros
You can find all ferry schedules and book cheap ferry tickets to Poros online on Ferryhopper. Check available routes and compare prices from all ferry companies through our fare search engine. Read about the island of Poros, find more information about the islands of the Saronic Gulf and book your tickets with no extra fees!