Don’t miss the Attractions in Poros while Sailing in Greece
Poros is a small but beautiful, forest-covered island pair in the Saronic Gulf, just an hour or two from Athens by boat and a very popular stop for anyone sailing in Greece. With a long history that stretches back to the myths and legends of Ancient Greece, Poros has a lot to offer visitors besides beautiful beaches; the island is also home to some fantastic cultural attractions.
The town of Poros in itself is a wonder to behold, with its neoclassical architecture and buildings built amphitheatrically into the hills. The most eye-catching feature of the town is its clock tower, erected in 1927 and perched atop the town at the highest point on the island.
The subject of ancient myth, Poros is known as the Island of Poseidon and the northern reaches of the island are dedicated to the Sanctuary of Poseidon, where the remains of an ancient temple can be found, thought to date from 520 BC. Findings from the site can be found in the Archaeological Museum at Korizis Square.
The most impressive ecclesiastical monument, however, has to be Zoodohos Pigi Monastery. Dating from the 18th century, the tranquil spot, which lies 4 kilometres to the east of Poros Town, has played a pivotal role in the island’s history. As well as a reputation for miracle healing, the monastery provided both spiritual and financial aid during the 1821 Greek Liberation War and was home to the first orphanage on the island.