Built on a hillside on the tiny island of Sphairia overlooking the port and with views of mainland Greece, Poros Town is an architectural gem of narrow whitewashed streets and flower-filled balconies, grand neoclassical houses with tiled roofs, traditional homes, and picturesque little shops. All its roads lead to its cosmopolitan and atmospheric seafront.
Poros Archaeological Museum
Occupying a two-storey mansion on Korizi Square, the museum contains finds from Troezen, Methana, and the Temple of Poseidon in Kalavria, including sculptures, inscriptions, tombstones and architectural members (notably capitals) from various ancient sites.
Galatas Lemon Forest
The historic lemon forest of Galatas, near Troezen, is 10 minutes by boat from Poros. It is an area of unequalled natural beauty, with more than 30,000 lemon and orange trees, and was once full of natural springs and watermills. It ceased commercial operation some decades ago, but its fragrant paths are perfect for a romantic stroll.
The Monastery of the Life-giving Spring
The Monastery has stood since the 18th century in a natural paradise full of plane trees, offering views of the sea. With its high walls and battlements, it is an outstanding example of fortified island architecture. The church is notable for its carved wooden icon stand, made in Cappadocia, and its episcopal throne. Celebrated admirals of the Greek War of Independence are buried here.
The Clock Tower
A local landmark since 1927, the imposing Clock Tower dominates the Kasteli district in the centre of Poros Town. The famous sight can be reached from the port by climbing up 146 steps, and is one of the loveliest spots from which to see the sunset and the coast of the Peloponnese.
The Temple of Poseidon
Dating from the 6th century BC, the blue limestone sanctuary of Poseidon is located in Palatia. In ancient times, it was a refuge for shipwrecked sailors and fugitives, including the orator Demosthenes, who committed suicide here. Today, the remains of the assembly house and the colonnades around the agora are visible.
The Russian Naval Base
Situated in a verdant bay with a magnificent view of the island of Daskalio, this ruined stone-built complex was constructed by the Russians in 1834, after the end of the Russo-Turkish War, as a supply station for their Aegean fleet. The impressive structures, originally used as warehouses and bakeries, have been declared protected monuments.
Also known as the “Red House”, this marvellous neoclassical residence of 1892, which overlooks the channel between Poros and the Peloponnese, has hosted major intellectuals and artists, such as George Seferis, Henry Miller, Marc Chagall, and Greta Garbo.
Built in 1827 on an islet opposite the port of Poros by the Bavarian philhellene Carl Wilhelm von Heideck, this small castle was once used as a watchtower to check on passing ships. It is worth swimming out to it to walk around its walls.
Poros Folklore Museum
A treasure trove of local culture featuring exquisite examples of early 19th-century crafts including textiles, embroideries and costumes, as well as a loom, household objects, and photographs.