Poros, meaning ‘passage’, is a beautiful island that is actually comprises two separate islands: Sfera and Kalavria. Many visitors find Poros very interesting when they head to the island for their summer vacations, short escapes and day-trips, as it has a unique landscape of narrow sea passages. The island is home to many historical, contemporary attractions and beautiful beaches, and is easily accessible both by land and sea. Lying conveniently in close proximity to the coastal holiday resort of Galatas in Troezen, Poros is just three minutes away by private boat or a ferry ride. Populated since the time of the Mycenaeans, this lush green island, formerly known as Kalavria, reached its summit during the Archaic and Classical eras, as evidenced by the fifth-century remains of the Temple of Poseidon. The island’s beauty has moved many writers and poets, among them Cosmas Politis, George Seferis, Costis Palamas, and American author Henry Miller.
Overlooking the village of Kammeni Hora, the imposing volcano on the north side of the peninsula is Methana’s most distinguishing feature. Although getting a view from the volcano’s summit requires some serious uphill trekking, it is well worth the effort.
Renowned for their healing powers, Methana’s hot springs are clear reminders of the area’s volcanic origins. The Archaeological site of Troezen, where important historical artefacts have been discovered, is a favourite destination for those intrigued by our past.
There is also the famous Devil’s Bridge or Diavologefyro, and the impressive gorge of the same name. A real treat for the faithful, Convent of Virgin Mary Keharitomeni also overlooks Troezen from the mountain above. But the most well-known attraction in the area is the Lemon Tree Forest, a magical, fragrant site covered with thousands of lemon trees and watermills.
Then there is the brief, three-minute boat trip from Galatas that brings visitors to the picturesque port of Poros, where the town overlooks the port from the cliff above.
A visit to the island’s Archaeological Museum brings visitors even closer to history, and a walk through the narrow streets and paths of Poros reveals its stunning neoclassical architecture, further enhancing this island’s role in Greece’s storied past.