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The island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf in Greece
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Poros is one of the Argo-Saronic Islands, a little south of the capital Athens. It is a green island and is situated south of the island of Aegina, not far from the mainland (Peloponnese). Poros actually consists of two islands (Sphalria and Kalaureia) which are connected by a bridge. Kalaureia is covered with pine forests and smaller Spharia is volcanic in origin. On the latter island you find the main village of Poros Town. A narrow 360 meters wide strait separates the island from the mainland of the Peloponnese. From this narrow passage the island derives its name: Poros means "passage". Poros Island is 28 km2 in size and has a population of about 4500 people.

Most of the beaches and the capital of Poros are located in the south of the island. Poros is less popular with tourists than other islands in the Argosaronic Gulf because the beaches are not that large. There is a regular connection with the nearby mainland by ferry and there are also tourists who use the island as a base to explore Poros itself, and also visit the mainland and other islands in the area. The only town of any size is the capital of the island called Poros Town. Poros Town, situated in an elongated bay, occupies much of the island Sphalria. In the port the wooden fishing boats and many 19th century houses can be seen and on the hills are the white houses with red roofs. There are a number of churches and a beautiful bell tower. You can find many restaurants and tourist shops in Poros Town. The town has all amenities including supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and bakeries. There is also a bus station and an Archaeological Museum.

most beautiful of the Greek islands, but after a short distance walking it gets more attractive, with terraces of tavernas, yachts and taxi boats that up and down between Poros and the town of Galatas opposite the island on the mainland. The streets behind the port are not too bad. Many people come back to Poros because they find it a nice and relaxed island and it is popular with cyclists, that ride along the south coast of Poros to go to the beaches of the island or that cycle to the (better) beaches on the opposite mainland of the Peloponnese.

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The beaches of the island of Poros in Greece

The beaches on the island of Poros are almost all pebble beaches or a combination of sand and pebbles and they are mainly located on the south coast.

Kanali Beach is situated not far from the bridge that connects the two islands of Poros, at about 2 km from Poros Town. This is a small beach with pebbles and sand and you will find all the amenities. There are parasols and sunbeds for hire and there are taverns where you can get a drink or something to eat.

Askeli Beach is a large organized sandy beach which is situated about 3 km away north-east of Poros Town. This is the longest beach of the island and you will find all the facilities (parasols, chairs etc). Askeli Beach has a regular bus service to the main town of Poros Town.

Panagitsa Beach is a small beach next to the beach is Askeli. It is a picturesque beach surrounded by beautiful trees and just before the beach is a small church. A path leads from the beach up to a monastery.

Monastery Beach is a slightly quieter beach on the east side of the island, about 5 km from the capital. Again there are parasols and sunbeds for rent and there are taverns to eat and to drink. Like to Askeli it is linked to Poros Town by bus. The beach is named after the monastery of Zoodochos Pigi which is behind the beach.

Vagionia Beach is located in the north of the island at 8 km distance from Poros Town. On the seabed at a few meters from the beach you can see a sunken ancient Greek city. Foundations and roads are clearly visible. Vagionia is a beach with pebbles and sand and is a popular place for fishing and diving. The valley that surrounds the beach is nice and green and there are lots of lemon trees. There is no bus to this beach and you can therefore only get there by car or by foot. In high season there is a small cantina where you can buy a drink, but maybe it is still advisable to bring some water if you go to this beach.

Perlia Beach is one kilometer west of Poros Town. It lies between Kanali Beach and Neorio Beach, opposite the port of Poros Town. The beach is easily reached on foot, but there is also a bus connection. On this beach you will also find taverns and other facilities.

Neorio Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It lies west of Poros Town at about 2 or 3 kilometers away. It actually consists of two beaches: Megalo (large) Neorio and Micro (small) Neorio. The beach is surrounded by tall pines that reach to the sea. You can go water skiing and do other water sports. On Neorio Beach there are all kinds of facilities. Also this beach has a bus service to Poros Town.

Russian Bay Beach is situated in a bay in the southwest of the island of Poros at about 5 km away from the capital. Opposite the beach are the small islands Daskalio Gerolimenas. It is a quiet sandy beach which is well protected from the wind. Russian Bay Beach is a historic site because the first Russian ships which helped the Greeks in the revolution against the Turkish occupation were moored here. Once every hour there is bus from Poros Town to this beach.

Love Bay Beach is situated just west of Russian Bay Beach. The beach consists of white pebbles and sand. You can find shade under the trees around the beach. As to Russian Bay Beach there is an hourly bus thatgoes to this beach.

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7 Brothers hotel is a small family-run hotel, perfectly located in the heart of of Poros. It offers cosy, clean and fully equipped rooms with balconies and great views. It is only a 5-minute walk from the Archaeological Museum, the famous Clock Tower, the harbour, and the market place. The location of the hotels is ideal to explore the beaches of the island and the surrounding landscapes. A number of tavernas, cafes and shops can be found nearby the hotel.

The 7 Brothers Hotel consists of 16 rooms which are equipped with all modern facilities, to ensure that your stay is comfortable and pleasant. All rooms have air conditioning/heating, mini fridge, satellite T.V., mini safe and hair dryer. Internet wi-fi (wireless connection) is also available in every room. All rooms have balconies, where you can relax, enjoying either the magnificent view of the harbour and the coast of the Peloponnese, or the colourful side streets of the town, filled with flowers.

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Surrounded by pine trees and green hills, Alkyoni enjoys a peaceful location, just 150 metres from Askeli Beach and steps away from a water park. Alkyoni offers a comfortable base for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Should you require more nightlife, the vibrant bars and clubs of Poros are also close by. The popular Askeli Beach is close by and here you can work on your tan, relax with a book or swim in the sea. If you prefer swimming pools, there is a public pool with water slides just steps away from Alkyoni, an ideal place for children.

Alkyoni lies just 3klms from Poros town and its harbor, 200 meters from Askeli beach, in a peaceful and green environment. It consists of 20 comfortable rooms, all equipped with a/c-heating, t.v., fridge, kettle for coffee or tea, hair-dryer, mini-safe and a balcony. We offer daily cleaning, while there is free wi-fi internet access in the rooms. In the reception there is a p/c with internet connection for our clients, while fax and laundry services are also available. Free parking space is provided. In order to make transportation easier, our guests can benefit from our free bicycle program.

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The sights of the island of Poros in Greece

Poros Town with its Archeological Museum and the Venetian fortress built on a small islet (Bourtzi) in front of the city and the Naval Cadet School housed in a 19th century weapon storage. This arsenal was built in 1830 and was the first naval weapons storage in Greece. Sometimes in the harbor you can see a replica of the Greek Trireme (a kind of ancient Greek boat). The blue and white bell tower on the hill of Poros is one of the photogenic subjects of the island. During the climb to the tower, you walk through little streets and stairways along which the houses have verandas where melons, grapes and flowers grow.

The natural beauty of Poros with its many hills that are covered with pine trees are an excellent area for walking. In the village of Kaleureia you can see the ancient village of Kaleureia and the remains of the Temple of Poseidon (the god of the sea) which dates from the 6th century BC. Many of the stones of this temple were used for the construction of the monastery in the harbor of the island of Hydra.

The monastery of Zoodochos Pigis in the east of the island dates from the 18th century and is dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary. At the monastery there is a waterfall. In this monastery, by great exception they have besides Greeks also buried three foreigners: an Englishman, a Russian and an Italian. The first two were killed in Greece's struggle for independence from the Turkish occupiers. The latter was the daughter of a famous painter (Rafaello Ceccoli) who was one of the founders of the Greek School of Fine Arts. His daughter died at age 21. Ceccoli has painted the portrait of the Virgin Mary that is next to the altar in the monastery and he gave Maruia some features of his daughter.


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