Separated by a narrow channel from the shores of the Peloponnese, the island of Poros is only a one-hour trip by hydrofoil from the port of Piraeus, but offers a complete change of scenery and a real away-from-it-all feeling. Maybe not as eye-catching as its neighbour Hydra, where during the summer season boatloads of tourists disembark on a daily basis, Poros does have plenty of charm. It is blessed with dense pine tree forests, sheltered beaches (most are pebble beaches with trees for shade and incredibly clear waters) and a picturesque little town (with a few really nice places to stay!), but it does not get a lot of tourism.
Poros gives you the rare chance to enjoy island life, while, at the same time, it allows you to also go sightseeing. The ferry puts you across to the Peloponnese in just a few minutes, so if you rent a car, the ancient theatre of Epidavros, the archaeological site of Mycenae and the historic town of Nafplio make easy day excursions. Other wonderful daytrips can be made to Hydra, Spetses and Aegina, all short boat rides away.
Small hotels and other special places to stay in Poros