Birthplace of the mythical Minotaur-killing hero Theseus, this area located off of the south-eastern coast of the Peloponnese includes the Methana peninsula and the islands of Poros and Troezen.
Lying opposite Attica, this region of spectacular natural beauty has a history shrouded by mystery through the ages. Inhabited since Prehistoric times, the area’s most distinguishing feature is the volcano of Methana, which determined the geological, historical, social, financial and cultural character of the peninsula of Methana and Kalavria (as Poros was called during antiquity).
Today, the island’s volcanic origins are still evident through its highly active hot springs. Poros, meaning 'passage', is a beautiful island that is actually comprises two separate islands: Sfera and Kalavria.
The nearby ancient island of Troezen was also once a great power in the region, with the Torezeneans participating in the Trojan war, the famous naval battle of Salamis, and other ancient conflicts.
The area’s vibrant history, geological uniqueness and mythological beginnings make the islands of Troezen and Poros, and the Methana peninsula in general, truly extraordinary destinations for entertainment and education.
General information about Poros/Troezene:
Located approximately 180 kilometres from Athens, Methana can be accessed either by car or by sea via boat or Flying Dolphin from the port of Piraeus. Primarily summer destinations, Methana, Poros and Troezen offer visitors a host of interesting activities. Methana, the 'Bath City', is well known for its healing hot springs, and the village of Troezen, though small in size, is of paramount archaeological importance.
Many visitors find Poros the most interesting, though, as it has a unique landscape of narrow sea passages. Lying conveniently close to the holiday resort of Galatas, Poros is just three minutes away by private boat or ferry ride.
Attractions – What Not to Miss:
Overlooking the village of Kammeni Hora, the imposing volcano on the north side of the peninsula is Methana’s most distinguishing feature. Although getting a view from the volcano’s summit requires some serious uphill trekking, it is well worth the effort.
Renowned for their healing powers, Methana’s hot springs are clear reminders of the area’s volcanic origins. The Archaeological site of Troezen, where important historical artefacts have been discovered, is a favourite destination for those intrigued by our past.
There is also the famous Devil's Bridge or Diavologefyro, and the impressive gorge of the same name. A real treat for the faithful, Convent of Virgin Mary Keharitomeni also overlooks Troezen from the mountain above. But the most well-known attraction in the area is the Lemon Tree Forest, a magical, fragrant site covered with thousands of lemon trees and watermills.
Then there is the brief, three-minute boat trip from Galatas that brings visitors to the picturesque port of Poros, where the town overlooks the port from the cliff above.
A visit to the island’s Archaeological Museum brings visitors even closer to history, and a walk through the narrow streets and paths of Poros reveals its stunning neoclassical architecture, further enhancing this island’s role in Greece’s storied past.
Gastronomy and Local Products:
Poros and Methana offer a large variety of dining options, with lovely taverns serving traditional dishes and fish.
The best beaches on the island
The most popular beach on Poros is Askeli, and rightfully so, as this is one of the most beautiful organised beaches on the island. Other superb seaside locales include the smaller Neorion beach, which also offers a number of water sports; Kanali beach, located next to the town, and the more distant beaches of Vagionia and Monastiri.
At the cove of Limniona on the outskirts of Methana there is yet another beautiful beach, not to mention the pristine beaches of Agios Georgios and Palea Loutra, which always delight visitors.
• Askeli: The island’s most popular settlement, Askeli has a long sandy beach, many options for family accommodation and great taverns.
• Monastiri: Located on the eastern part of the island, under the hill of the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, this organised beach has crystal-clear waters and is ideal for water sports and scuba-diving.
• Mikro Neorio: This organised, sandy beach has pines that reach all the way to its azure waters.
• Megalo Neorio: One of the most stunning beaches of Poros, Megalo Neorio is surrounded by lush vegetation. The beach is ideal for water sports or meals at the relaxing water-front taverns.
• Love Bay (Limanaki tis Agapis): With cerulean waters and encircled by tall pines, this organised beach is the perfect romantic spot.
• Russian Dockyard: This aptly named sandy beach lies by the ruins of the old Russian Dockyard. The pebbly and secluded beach of Gerolimenas is right next to it, with views to the islet of Petra.
• Vagonia: This lesser-known pebbly beach on the northern part of the island is secluded and a bit more difficult to reach.
• Kanali: A sandy, well-organised beach with many taverns, Kanali is only five minutes from the island’s capital, just after the little bridge that connects Progymnastirio and Synoikismos.
• Achladitsa: This serene organised beach is covered in sand and pebbles.
• Psifta: This long pebbly beach is divided by three large rock formations. Nearby Xerolimni beach is also quite popular.
• Kyani Akti: The lovely Kyani Akti has small pebbles, sand and crystal-clear waters plus a scintillating view and beautiful landscape.
• Plaka: This serene beach lies north-east of Galatas and features cerulean waters and sand.
• Kalloni: One of the more popular beaches of the area, Kalloni is ideal for wind-surfing.