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An hour away from big town
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Poros is one of the closest islands to Athens and a smart choice to escape a couple of days from the city centre. Idyllic beaches, lush vegetation and low hills are some of the things that complete the beauty of this small Saronic Island. In just 3km from the town is Askeli beach with beach bars and hotels. This is where we stayed for 4 days in Poros.

There is a frequent bus from the town to Askeli-Monastiri on one side of the island and the Russian Dockyards on the other. We also visited the monastery up in the hill that dates back to the 18th century. There is only one club on the island but many bars.



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Great location and hospitality
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A great positive surprise and good value for money! We stayed here for almost a week in June 2011 and found the location very good, with just a few minutes walk to the best beach on the island. The kind owners showed great hospitality and were very helpful. This apartment hotel is the perfect choice for a vacation on Poros if you want a nice pool, great view and beautiful, quiet, surroundings.



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Full four days plan
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It is the second time I visit Poros. I really liked the island the first time and the thing is I couldn't stay for many days, so I decided to came again and enjoy more of the place. We stayed in the same room because we were very satisfied with the service. My only complain was that I didn't get to see the beaches and some of the monuments of the island last time. So we made a four-day plan to include them all in Poros.

The first day we went to Love bay, a lovely beach that justifies its name. The beach is surrounded with pine trees and the water is so clean. There were buses all the time. The next day we went to Panagitsa, walking from Askeli. The place has a very romantic atmosphere and it is really quiet. Not actually a beach but a small rocky cove, next to a church, but it was very nice. The third day was dedicated to the Monastery of Zoodoxos Pigi. It is only 4km east from Poros, the most interesting part was the orphanage built in the monastery. This is the end of a bus route from the town. Finally the last day we took a long walk around the town, made some nice shopping and enjoyed a cold drink. At nights, we had the best fun in the bars in Askeli. Love the beach bars so much!



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Short and lovely hideaway
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Everytime I come to Athens on work, I have made it a point to visit Poros. As much as I like Athens, especially after the Olympic Games which has dramatically transformed Athens into a lovely city and east to move, I am not much of a city dweller, and the fact that Poros is about an hour's journey from Athens gives me all the more reason to use Poros as a perfect getaway from the pressures of work.

The best part of Poros, at least for me, is the beautiful thick forests that come right up to the edge of the beaches, and the food, which is simply fabulous and and they come at pretty reasonable rates too at the numerous family-owned taverns along the waterfront. My favorites are local delicacies, including grilled meat and fish, lachanodolmades (stuffed cabbage) and tiropita (cheese pies). The main street of Poros is along the channel that divides the island from Peloponnese and the area is bustling with activity all the time of the day. Sitting in the cafes by the channel and watching the goings on is one of the most relaxing pastimes for me.

Best beaches are the Love Bay, Neorio and Askeli. I love each one for different reasons. Love Bay for the beautiful green nature, Neorio because it is in a walking distance from the town and Askeli for the jet hires and the sports. No need for a car or a motorbike as there are buses that serve the island very well.



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Lovely even for few days
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This is a nice island to go if you have only a few days. I was in Athens last October for a conference and I was crazy to go to a Greek island, so Poros (only an hour from Athens) seemed great for my two free days! I liked that people were still swimming in late October. Hotels seemed to close one by one because tourism season was over, but some were still open.

I loved Askeli and Love Bay, the first for the clean water, the second for the green ambience. The Love Bay is an incredible place to relax, with view to the town and the port. There is a beach bar but no tavern. In Askeli, on the other side, there are plenty of taverns and hotels. Stay there to be close to the sea. It is wonderful to sit at the balcony in the middle of the night and hear of nothing else but the waves on the beach!

Poros Town is actually like a village, but a beautiful village. With narrow paths and steps, lovely gift shops and cafeterias. Totally another atmosphere from our daily life!



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Ban cars from the port
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We went to Poros only for one day as we were travelling around Peloponnese. There are ferries in Galatas Argolida that take you to Poros in less than 5 minutes. Ferries run all the time, when one goes the next comes. Poros seemed to me very busy but lovely! The port was the best part of the island, with all these sailing boats and the small cafes on the row.

All venues had tables on the street and you could see the people going up and down and the sunset. However, it was disturbing to hear the noise of the cars and buses. They spoiled the beauty of these moments. I think cars should be banned to enter the portside. Only buses and taxis should be allowed just to serve the people. If you do that, the place will look much more traditional.

Near the port there was an open cinema and we watched movies under the stars. So romantic! This is an experience we can't enjoy back home. From the beaches of Poros, I mostly enjoyed Askeli. Although it was always crowded, you could still find room because the beach is so large. It also has the taverns with the best view. I suggest you find a hotel there, I think this is the only beach in Poros that has hotels.

The Love Bay was also adorable but there were too much people in a very small bay. There are buses to Askleli and the Monastery all the time. Or otherwise, try motorbikes. We had car but ended up leaving it at the hotel. It was too difficult to find a parking seat and the roads were very narrow.



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Ideal place for spending holidays
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I've been to Poros several times and I think it is a wonderful place to spend your summer. Very close to Athens, offers wonderful landscapes, full of trees and various beaches. Indeed, few Greek islands are so green and unspoilt. And I most like Poros port in the evenings, with all these yachts and sailing boats and the traditional houses matching together and making a harmonical environment. However, there is a big problem with the traffic in the summer, due to the lack of parking places.



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Have low expectations
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I think the only positive thing about Poros is that it is very close to Athens (only 1 hour by hydrofoil) and that it has good transport between the town and the near beaches. Otherwise, I didn't feel any special or traditional vibe there. In August, it was very busy and far less traditional that I expected.

Yes, Porosis a nice place for two or three days but do not have much expectations about the island. The best spot is the Love Bay, a tiny bay with blue green water and surrounded by huge lush trees. However, I felt the place was ruined by the umbrellas on the shore and the loud music of the beach bar.

You will not find any impressive beaches on Poros, just some small coves with umbrellas. Askeli is the largest beach but far too crowded and tourist, crossed by a narrow long road with the beach onone side and hotels on the other.

I was surprised on Poros that only the area around the town is developed. If you drive around the island, you will see large areas of pine trees and no houses for long. It is impressive that all activity is concentrated only in a small area and the rest of the island is so wild and pure.


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foords wrote on Sep 05, 2009

I was one of those tourists on Askeli beach in August. Loved it, Great tavernas along the beach.all locals very friendly.


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Only for swimming
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Do not lose more than 3-4 days on Poros. There is nothing to do other than swimming. The good thing is that distances can be covered on foot, so you will not need taxis or buses or car rentals, except maybe for a few beaches. The only proper beaches on Poros are Askeli and Kanali. Not far from the town and organized. Our hotel was in Askeli and it had a ncie view. In the night, you could only hear the waves! Isn't it romantic? The only village was the town of Poros. Try the fish taverns in the port and walk up and down the waterfront, it is very nice in the sunset.Hydrofoils from Athens go and leave about every hour, so it was very easy for us to book a ticket. However, they were quite expensive! 20 euros only for one hour ride, it was much, right? Generally, hotels and ferries are expensive in Greece. It is lucky for them that they have beautiful islands...



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Feels like coming home
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Hi, I'm Rae and I'm from Oxford. Poros was the first Greek island my wife and I visited, back in 1999. Since then, we have stayed there in 2000, 2002 and 2007, as well as visiting for a day in 2003 (when staying in Athens). A hectic night-life is not our first priority (I'll be 60 in August!) so the laid-back life style of Poros suits us just fine. We stayed at the Saga Studios in '99, which was OK. It seems to have had a makeover since (according to Matt Barrett) and sounds even better now. We've stayed at the Kalimera Studios twice (excellent) and, in 2007, the Pavlou (very, very good). The best place to eat is probably Anna's, closely followed by Dimitri's and the Poseidon, although the Platanus (The Plain Tree) figures highly. In fact, we first met Anna when she worked with her husband, in the Poseidon, back in '99. Poros Taverna is also excellent.

Here is a funny story (I hope!). On many visits I would sit by the waterfront having a mid-morning coffee and gaze at a large white house high on the wooded hill-side opposite and imagine it to be my dream home. One evening (during our last visit) I decided to view my "dream home" though the tele-photo lense of my camera, only to discover that it was in fact, a hospital!

Best wishes,
Rae.



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