Kefalonia Monastery of Panagia Atros

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Location: Poros

The oldest one in Kefalonia, the monastery of Panagia Atros, is located on a triangular hill, Atros Mountain, at an altitude of 760 meters above sea level. It is situated 5 km away from the town of Poros. It was built in the Byzantine era in the 8th century and holds both cultural and historical importance.

It is also known as Theotokos Monastery and is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary. Its Medieval tower is still preserved, along with the archodariki, the guest rooms of the monastery. The earliest reference to it is by the Latin Archbishop of Kefalonia in his 1248 report. Moreover, the monks who used to live there would cultivate vineyards, and the old wine press is still visible. In later times, a newer building was also erected next to the Medieval ones.

The monastery celebrates the feast of the Virgin's birth on September 8th, which is inaugurated by an evening service on the previous day. As the monastery is not inhabited anymore, the faithful go there every year to prepare for celebrations.

It is a perfect destination for both adventure-seekers interested in going off the beaten track or couples looking for a romantic walk. The climb to the monastery offers some magnificent views of Poros and its harbor. Of special mention is the magnificent sunrise at this location.

How to get there

The Monastery of Panagia Atros is located in Poros Village.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Kefalonia transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Alternatively, there's the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 511 8866, 0030 694 530 6145, 0030 699 561 9605, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: There's the option of renting a car in Kefalonia and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Monastery of Panagia Atros and many other places of interest in Kefalonia at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located in Argostoli. There are buses from Argostoli to Poros during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don't always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.



1 Reviews
  • Elaine Crook 18 Jun 2023
    Lovely walk from Poros
    Lovely walk from Poros.
    Well off the beaten track., Local taxis wouldn't go up the rough road, you'd need a 4 wheel drive.
    Quite a long steep walk from Poros but definitely worth it.