Poros is one of the closest islands to Athens, small but a famous getaway for many Athenians. The island preserves the beauty of two architectural styles, the impressive neoclassical buildings, and the farmhouses which coexist in total harmony and witness its historical influences. During the 18th century, after the Greek revolution, the main village of Poros featured a beautiful collection of elegant properties with aristocratic facades and luxurious interior.
The development of the Neoclassical town begun in the 19th century which led to the gradual sinking of its picturesque character. However, the change of the island's appearance brought to surface numerous buildings of unique design that stand to this day. Amidst the neoclassical houses, many churches exist adding a special charm to the architecture of Poros.
Poros island is a mixture of old and contemporary characteristics and is home to some fine examples of neoclassical architecture like the Deimezi building which is made of grey and red stone, the splendid shop of Grivas and the superb Villa Galini which is one of the most beautiful houses of Poros that has hosted famous Greek and international personalities of Art and Literature. The monastery of Zoodochos Pigis, one of the most important monasteries in the Greek islands, is a perfect example of 18th-century monastic architecture and lies in the heart of a verdant area. The architectural progress of Poros is well-demonstrated around the main town.
Poros few settlements are dotted with two-storied whitewashed houses with colored windows and pottery decoration in the balconies. Walking through the villages of Poros to escape the noise of daily life, you will get lost in the labyrinth of steep narrow streets lined by the beautiful houses and experience the peaceful atmosphere.
Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional architecture.