Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf. It is located at a distance about 50 km south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 300-metre wide sea channel.
The ancient name of Poros was Pogon.
Its surface is about 30 square kilometres and it has about 4 thousand inhabitants. The town of Poros has almost 99% of these inhabitants. The only other inhabited settlement is Agios Nektarios.
You may see Sferia and Peloponnesus at the same moment on my photo. While taking it I was standing on Sferia and you may see it in front of me and the Peloponnesus and Galatas are on the distance.
Poros actually is not an island, but two islands, and at the same time – it almost isn't an island at all. It is separated from Argolida by narrow channel with width of 300 meters. The view at this mini-Bosporus bewitches almost everybody.
Poros consists of two islands: Sphairia or Sferia, the southern part of which is of volcanic origin, where today's city is located, and Kalaureia, also Kalavria or Calauria (meaning 'gentle breeze'), the northern and largest part. A bridge connects the two islands over a narrow isthmus.
The dualism of Poros as a double island consists of that on small island Sferia there is the town of Poros, and on the big island - Kalavria there is all the rest.
You may see Sferia and Kalavria at the same time on my photo. While taking it I was standing on Sferia and you may see it in front of me and the Kalavria Island is on the distance.
You may watch my high resolution photos of views from the Clock-Tower on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 30' 0.69" N 23º 27' 14.74" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Photo 1, Photo 2.
As almost always I was interested most of all in the historic background of the place. The most interesting for me was an evidence of Greek-Russian military cooperation in the XVIII and XIX centuries.
In 1770 when Russia and Turkey were at war, the Russian Navy flotilla visited the Aegean under the leadership of Aleksey Orlov. After several battles Orlov ordered his frigate and the rest of the flotilla to retreat towards Italy. However, the Greek crews pleaded with him and convinced him to stay and continue the fight. Orlov changed his mind and decided to set up his command post in the naturally protected harbour of Poros.
There in 1834 warehouses and bakeries were built for the supply of the Russian fleet sailing in the Aegean. Several years later the Greek State bought the Russian installations at Poros and founded the First Naval base in Greece. However, during the same year Russia decided to build new installations (warehouses) a few kilometers away from its old base, at the present point of the ruins of the Russian Naval Base, which is across the picturesque islet of "Daskaleio".
The Russians kept this property until the 1900s. Since 1989, with a Ministerial decision, the Russian Dockyard has been announced as a historical monument due to its great architectural and historical interest.
You may see Poros Lighthouse in the Russian Bay on my photo.
Fondest memory: You may watch my high resolution photo of Poros Lighthouse and Russian Bay on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 30' 46.53" N 23º 25' 34.63" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Poros Lighthouse.
Poros Town is the capital and main harbour of the island of Poros.
It is located in the southern part of the island, covering the tiny, volcanic Sferia and extending on a shoreline of almost two kilometres.
As a capital, it is the commercial, economical, cultural and residential centre of the island.
Fondest memory: In Poros you will find the Training Centre of the Greek Navy. Do not be amazed by the crowds of young Navy Trainees strolling around on Sunday with their friends & relatives.
The Sailor Week which is celebrated on the first ten days of July and during which various festivities are held all around the island, in honour of the sailors of Poros. On Plateia Iroon (Heroes Square), every week-end of July and August, concerts organized by the navy are taking place.
Believed to be the island of Poseidon, Poros is a beautiful and interesting island and has many sights, beaches and a wonderful landscape to offer.
According to mythology, Poros is the land where a tragic romance occurred. When the Cretan King Minos was fighting the city of Megara, the daughter of the besieged city, Scylla, fell in love with the Cretan King. To show her love she cut off a lock of her father’s hair that was supposed to be the source of his immortality, stole the keys to the city’s gates and gave them to King Minos.
But when the King finally took the city, he rejected Scylla and prepared to return to Crete. Desperate, she jumped into the sea and followed the ships until she drowned of exhaustion. The area where she died was called, after her, Cape Skili.
Another myth associated with Poros is that it was the birthplace of the celebrated Theseus, son of Poseidon. He was the famous Athenian hero who managed to kill the Minotaur of Crete, half man, half bull.
Favorite thing: The trip to Poros was spontaneous (we missed the ferry to Angistri island from Pireaus so we have decided to go somewhere else) and left only nice impressions. Leaving the island I was sure I'll come there again... And I will really come back!
The sandy and pebble beach of Vagioni stretches along the bottom of a beautiful valley full of vegetation and citrus trees.
A small canteen offers some snacks and refreshment.
Vagioni Beach can be reached via a narrow road snaking down to the water’s edge. No bus goes there so one has to go with private transport.
Favorite thing: 8 kilometres from Poros Town, on the island’s northern shore, Vagioni is an open and exposed cove, very popular among the fisherman and suitable for all kind of fishing. Ruins of an ancient city can be seen under the sea, a few metres from the shoreline.
This adorable and charming bay is a real paradise on earth with fine white pebbles and sand and amazing crystalline emerald waters. The beach is surrounded with pine trees and a camping site is located right under the shadow of the verdant vegetation.
The superb beach on Love Bay is reachable by the same bus that goes to Russian Bay, leaving every hour from Poros Town.
1, 5 kilometres past Neorio Beach we encounter the Russian Bay, reputedly the best beach of the island. The beautiful and picturesque bay has golden sand and clear waters and is incredibly peaceful, protected from the winds.
The Russian Bay is a famous historical site of Poros for it is the place where the first Russian ships docked to help the Greek Revolution against the Turkish yoke.
The beach of the Russian Bay is reachable by the white bus leaving every hour from Poros Town.
Favorite thing: The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi (Source of Life) is located 4 kilometres east of Poros Town, above the fishing hamlet of Kalavria. It was founded in the 18th century by the then Bishop of Athens Iakovos and is lying hidden between the dense and verdant pine trees.
Favorite thing: The beautiful neoclassical, light blue painted clock tower was built in 1927 and stands on the highest point of the city, visible from every part of the town and from where one can enjoy a magnificent view over the mountainous Peloponnesian coast and the astonishing sunsets.
Limanaki Agapis Beach.
Agios Stefanos Beach
Mikro Neorio Beach
Fondest memory: On the road to Neorio there are numerous small inlets with sandy beaches and pine trees which almost reach the sea.
Favorite thing: This beach is not far from the Monastery. Clean water. But it's difficult to walk in the water because of big stones.
Favorite thing: Take a walk in the morning in the port full of fishermen. A smell of fresh fish and coffee from the nearby cafes... Try cheese pies and enjoy the atmosphere...