The landscape of the Poros Island is very hilly and mountainous. The highest peak is the Vigla (about 360 m) in the west-central part of Kalavria.
At the top of the highest hill of Sferia where Poros town is situated you can see the clock tower and that is the symbol for Poros town. It was built in 1927 and was completely restored in 2002.
The Clocktower is imposing from the distance on the highest top of the hill, among prickly pears and pine trees. It is visible from every part and it is the jewel of the town.
Though the Tower has very simple appearance when you watch it closer after 10 minutes going upstairs it really worth visiting because the view from here is wonderful.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Poros Clock-tower on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 29' 53.10" N 23º 27' 11.34" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Photo 1, Photo 2.
Poros means "crossing", and it is from this that the whole island takes its name. On the edge of this crossing, built in amphitheater form on the slopes of a hill, is the cheerful island town which is the port of Poros and the island's most important settlement.
The town of Poros is a beautiful and picturesque place with neoclassical buildings built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. The clock tower is its most famous landmark. Take a walk to the clock-tower, the town's highest point and the island's "trademark" and enjoy the views which open from there.
Along the pier, the visitor sees plenty of cafeterias, restaurants, tourist shops, many bars and discos with Greek music. There are many little taverns spread among the pictures - due backstreets of Poros.
You may watch my 1 min 24 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Poros Island Cruise from my YouTube channel with the popular Antique "Dinata Dinata" song.
At the center of the town you can find the Archaeological Museum. It is situated at the Korizis Square and holds items from the Sanctuary of Poseidon, as well as other pieces from sites nearby.
The museum was constructed in the 1960's, in a plot donated by the Koryzis family. The building cannot be extended, unless the Greek State purchases the plot next to the museum.
The museum contains collections of finds from the excavations of the sanctuary of Poseidon at Kalavreia, finds from the excavations of the French Archaeological School in Troezena, collections of funerary stelae, ancient inscriptions and Geometric pottery from Troezena, ancient inscriptions and Hellenistic figurines from Methana and collection of finds from the old excavations at Hermione, including pottery, bronze vessels and figurines.
Winter period : Monday: Closed, Tuesday - Friday: 08:00 - 14:30 Weekends and Holidays 08:00 - 14:30
From July 1st to October 31: Daily: 08.30 - 15.00, Monday: closed.
I was short of time and didn’t attend this museum though it’s very interesting I think.
Sanctuary of Poseidon on Poros
Of the Archaic temple in the sanctuary of Poseidon, only the foundation ditch is preserved. The temple was built in the 6th century B.C. The stoas of the Agora and the Bouleuterion were built gradually during the 4th and the 3rd centuries B.C. The identification of the so-called "Asklepieion" or the "Heroon of Demosthenes" is not certain.
Excavations on the site were conducted in 1898 by the Swedish S. Wide-Keljberd and have not been resumed ever since. The most important monuments on the site are:
The temple of Poseidon.
Stoas of the Agora and the Bouleuterion.
"Asklepieion" or "Heroon of Demosthenes".
The capital town and port of Poros, which throbs with cobbled roads, narrow alleys, traditional houses and scenic quarters, has many interesting sightseeing, such as the naval station, the clock, the ruins of the Doric sanctuary of Poseidon, the municipal library, the islet of Bourtzi and the archaeological museum.
From the island of Poros you can visit the village of Galatas, which is located opposite the island at a 5 to 10-minute distance by boat, and admire the Lemon Tree Forest, Lemonodassos, which is a hill full of lemon trees, orange trees and numerous watermills.
These are ruins of the russian naval base, which was built in 1806, close to the canal area (Poros, in fact, consists of two islands which are combined by a canal).
Warehouses and bakeries were built for the supply of the russian fleet sailing in the Aegean Sea.
Regular water taxis and caiques cross this narrow channel which divides Poros from the mainland.
Apparently many visitors take the 5 minute crossing to Galatas, then head for the nearby beaches of Aliki or Plaka, or hire a bike from a shop on the quayside, to explore the fragrant lemon grove of Lemonodassos and its waterfall.
There are estimated to be about 30, 000 lemon trees here!
Beyond the lemon groves are miles of flat terrained roads, which pass through apricot and olive groves.
With the newly completed road to Korinth, it is possible to be at the ancient site of Epidauros within about 15 minutes.
Troizina, Korinth, Mycaenae and Olympia are also accessable.
Taxis wait at the quayside area.
This attractive clock tower, is THE landmark in Poros, situated high above the harbour.
It was built in 1927, and can be seen for many miles around.
The bell rings hourly, on the hour.
In summer , I should imagine that it could be quite a climb for some. For me, in March, I was glad of the walk to get warm!
I understand that it's a popular spot for watching the sunset.
It was built in the 18th century on a green slope with an amazing view to the sea (Monastiri beach).
In front of it you can see a little chapel (Agioi Anargyroi) and a famous spring with healing properties.
It is surrounded by tall walls without any openings. At the precinct, you can see the temple -which is simple, without many wall-paintings- family tombs and even try special sweets-offering from the monastery.
It was built about 520 BC, in a doric style. The temple of the god of the sea was destroyed in a big earthquake around 395 AD. Near it was the built up area of Kalavria.
The site was a sacred asylum for fugitives and castaways.
It is situated at the northern part of the island, the beach has pebbles.
Under the sea you'll find an ancient greek town, where the roads and foundations of the houses are visible.
Next time there I must take my mask...
Since 1989, the russian dockyard has been announced as a historical monument due to its architectural and historical interest.
The beach in front of it is popular in the summer, in other seasons you can see only... goats!
It is one of the most fascinating beaches of the island. Here there is a water ski school, with water polo facilities, an ideal place for water sports.
On almost all the beaches there are facilities for wind surfing.