In The Colussus of Maroussi, one of the acclaimed novels of the early 1960s, American writer Henry Miller described arriving at Poros as something resembling an ecstatic rebirth. Indeed, as the boat approaches the dock, you feel you could almost touch the old pastel-coloured houses clinging to the steep slope of Poros on the one hand, and the mainland houses and orchards of Galatas on the other. Poros is separated from the Peloponnese by a channel just a couple of hundred feet wide, and naturally it’s one of the most-traversed straits in the world. Somehow the passenger ferries, yachts, jet skis, power boats and high-speed catamarans all manage to keep out of one another’s way, and everyone is happy.
It’s at Poros where you begin to experience this womb-like clustering of homes, shops, tavernas and bars around you, below you and above you that’s characteristic of many Greek island communities.
The great Athenian orator Demosthenes is reported to have killed himself in 322 BC here to avoid capture by the Macedonians, who had it in for him because he had bad-mouthed them once too often. Otherwise, history seems to have passed this place by. The beaches of Poros are moderately good, reached by the sole road or by boats from the port. On the other side of the channel the remains of what was once an extensive lemon orchard, the Lemonodasos, still very fragrant in the spring when the lemon blossoms come out.
The museum is housed in the A.KoryzisResidence (he served as PM in 1941) in the square of that same name. It was established in 1960. The museum covers the ground and first floor of the house and features finds from excavations at the temple of Poseidon, Ancient Troizen and Agios Konstantinos at Methana, and photographs from those archaeological sites. The finds date from the Mycenaean up to the Roman period. The museum collections have been supplemented by finds from ancient shipwrecks from the Argosaronic Gulf.
PORIOTISSA FOLK COLLECTION
This is a collection of folk materials from the Poros Women’s Cultural Association, Poriotissa, which was set up by private initiative in 2003. The objective in setting up the association was to identify, collect and preserve local folk materials. However, the overriding objective is to set up a Poros Folklore Museum to showcase the history and traditions of the island and collect together the island’s wealth. Important exhibits from the Collection include household utensils, day-to-day objects, agricultural implements, furniture, looms, embroidery, weaving and handicrafts, as well as traditional costumes and photographs.
This beach located northeast of Poros town is long and sandy. On-beach services are available. There are amenities for water sports and beach volley. There are also many restaurants, bars and hotels offering great nightlife in the area.
This beach lies just 5 minutes from the town, immediately after the bridge linking Progymnastirio with the Synikismos district. This is a sandy beach offering on-beach services, with taverns, stores and rooms to let close to the water’s edge.
MIKRO & MEGALO NEORIO
Megalo Neorio is a beautiful sandy beach to the west of the town where the pine trees sweep right down to the water’s edge. It has amenities for water sports and a bar, restaurants and other stores. Mikro Neorio is located next door and also has beautiful sands and warm water.
This is a wide sandy beach with shallow, turquoise waters and verdant pines literally dipping their needles into the sea. Ideal for taking the sun under the shade of the pine trees!
From Piraeus port:
By ferry or hydrofoil (the trip last 1 hour).
By car: By road to Galatas and then by ferry boat (the trip lasts 15 minutes)
Boats start sailing at 06:30 hours and stop around 22:30 hours.
They sail every 30 minutes.
Boats also sail from Poros to Methana, Hydra, Spetses, Aigina and Angistri.
Caciques sail to the Galatas coastline opposite every 15 minutes.
Town Council Tel.: 0030 22980-23089, 22220
Fire Department 22980-35535, 35599
Port authorities 22980-22274, 22224
Police in Poros 22980-22462, 22256
Police in Galatas 22980-42206
Archeological Museum Tel.: 0030 22980-23276
Poseidon’s Temple (Office) Tel.: 0030 22980-22896
Post Office Tel.: 0030 22980-22275
Health center Tel.: 0030 22980-42222, 43333