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Located in the Saronic Gulf, Poros island is separated from the Peloponnese mainland by a 200-meter wide channel of water. Poros is formed by two islands, Kalavria and Spheria. Kalavria is slightly larger in area than Spheria which is volcanic in nature.
With a population of some 4,000 permanents inhabitants, Poros is a lovely and quiet place. The island is verdant, hilly and has a temperate climate owing through the mild northern breeze blowing throughout the year.
The history of Poros starts in prehistoric times. Archaeological evidence shows that Poros and closeby Ancient Troezen was inhabited since the Bronze Age. In the 6th and the 5th century B.C., Poros was the center of the Amphictyonic League, political and religious cooperation between Athens and towns of the Peloponnese. The temple of Poseidon, which was built during those years and lies today in ruins, shows the great prestige of the island.
Poros also played a great role in the Greek War of Independence, when the Greeks met in Poros in 1828 to set the first Greek Constitution. Many sights of Poros, such as the nice mansions and the Russian Dockyard, remind the historical importance of Poros.
Today this island bases its economy mostly on tourism. Its closeness to Athens and its natural beauty make it the ideal holiday and weekend destination. Many hotels, rooms to let, restaurants, seaside cafes and gift shops have been established to facilitate your holidays.
The beaches of Poros are known for their clean water. The most famous beach is the Love Bay, a scenic landscape with crystal waters surrounded by lush greenery. Most beaches on Poros are organized and give you the chance to practice water sports.
Poros has developed a lot over the last years in terms of tourist amenities. The island is about 1 hour from Athens by hydrofoil. The town of Poros is small but picturesque, with paved alleys and a lovely waterfront.
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