Paros, Greece

Paroikia (Paros) is the capital and port of Poros, situated 35.5 nautical miles from Piraeus. It is the stands on the site of an ancient city. Tourists are attracted to the Venetian castle, beautiful beaches, lovely little houses, and mountains carpeted with pine trees. It is also an excellent base for excursions to the Argolic peninsula, the ruins of Trizinia, Epidauros, Tiryns, and Mycenae, the Poseidon Temple and the Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi.

Poros is a volcanic island, created by the joining of Kalavria and Sferia, two pre-existing islets. A canal divides the island into 2 parts. The major part, called Kalavria, is a limestone ridge rising to 390 meters (1279 feet); the minor section is a volcanic islet called Sferia, where Poros Town, the main port, is reflected in the calm waters of the strait opposite Galatas on the Argolic shore.

Visitors to this island are deposited at its bustling harbor full of cafes, bars, and restaurants. The island has two lovely beaches at Askeli and Neorio. At Neorio, visitors have the chance to see the "Kimomeni" or the "sleeping woman," which is the silhouette of the hills outlined by the setting sun, and is in the form of a woman lying down. Swimmers will find charming little sandy bays all along the way to Neorio, rimmed with pine trees sloping down to the sea. The approach to Poros by ferry is especially picturesque, and is a great place for lovers of scenic sunsets!

Things to See & Do

* Poros town
* Harbor area
* Askeli and Neorio beaches
* Ruins of Trizinia, Epidauros, Tiryns, and Mycenae
* Poseidon Temple

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Greek
Land Area – 31.3 km²
Population – 3,000
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 30

Port Location – The port is centrally located to the town and within walking distance to shops, tavernas and cafes.

Travel Links – The island of Poros has no airport, so the best thing to do is to go to the Athens International Airport (eleytherios Venizelos), get a bus route to Piraeus or a taxi, and from there on a ferry in a 2 hour sail to the islands port.

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