Sunday, April 22, 2007

POROS - Island the Saronic Gulf, Greece

From Wikipedia, Poros (Greek: Πόρος) is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at a distance about 48 km (32 miles) south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 200-metre wide sea channel. Its surface is about 31 square kilometres (12 square miles) and it has 4,000 inhabitants. The ancient name of Poros was Pogon.

The landscape is very hilly and mountainous in this Island.

In the northern part of the island there are the remains of the Sanctuary of Poseidon, the centre of the Kalaureian amphictyony. The exact date it was built is not known, although researchers estimate it to have been around 520 BC.

The picturesque town of Poros with its beautiful neoclassical buildings is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. Its most famous landmark is a clock tower, built in 1927.

Monastiri is located tothe east side of the island. It is a quiet, organised beachwith clear waters and picturesque tavernas.It is under the hill that lies Monastiri, next to pine treesand luxurious hotels.


indicaspecies said...

Very good pictures. Brought back beautiful memories of my visit to Poros Island in the late 90s. :)

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Greece travel deals said...

Nice pics. Poros is wonderful place for visit. Poros is also a very popular destination for short and weekend breaks throughout the year. There is the beautiful landscape of luscious pine trees and the traditional houses that are built amphitheatrically. It is a wonderful image that will stay with all visitors to the island.