Poros, Greece

Its been a few years since our visit to Poros.  What a wonderful little island!   You can read my older posts from here….this shot was from our cruise ship leaving port.  A tough place to say goodbye to!  look at that blue water and blue sky!!  Very surreal!!  I wish I had a month to rent a boat and island hop all over the Greek Isles!!  We all can have a dream!!  =)

Info from the web:   Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at a distance about 58 km (31 nautical 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).  The ancient name of Poros was Pogon.

Poros consists of two islands: Sphairia or Sferia, the southern part, which is of volcanic origin, where today’s city is located, and Kalaureia, also Kalavria or Calauria (meaning ‘gentle breeze’), the northern and largest part. A bridge connects the two islands over a narrow isthmus. The Municipality of Poros also includes a part of the mainland, Kyaní Aktí (pop. 231), at the easternmost point of the Peloponnese Peninsula, between the island of Poros and the island of Hydra and next to the municipalities of Troizina and Ermioni. map The total land area of the municipality is 49.582 km², and the total population is 4,348 persons.

Poros is an island with rich vegetation. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island. It has a good road network and adequate tourist infrastructure, which makes it a popular resort for short holidays. Though possessing no airport, it is easily accessible from Athens via ferry or hydrofoil or from the adjacent mainland at Galatas.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 VR f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length:  62.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/400
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4

Poros, Greece

Poros, Greece

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

I’ll take a break on the pics from my last trip and share one of my favorite shots and Places 2 Explore!  Greece!  We took a trip last May to Europe for 18 days.  The first 3 days were in Greece.  The first day we recovered from jet lag and relaxed as we arrived into Athens late in the day.   The next day we took a guided tour of Athens.   A dream of mine was to visit the Parthenon…so I was excited.  The tour was fun…about 5 hours.  We saw all the sights and got to get off the bus and enjoyed taking pictures.  When we arrived at the Acropolis…anticipation grew for me to see one of the great wonders of the world.  It was amazing…but the only downfall is that its on a 10(?) year refurbishing plan.  Scafolding and workers are there while you visit.    So if you plan to visit…check when it will be complete. 

At nite we took a taxi to Lycabettis Hill….you take a tram up to the top and there is a nice restaurant on top with a small church.  From here you can view all of Athens and enjoy the sunset while eating outside….the food was decent and the sights are amazing!  On our taxi rides, it seemed as though all the taxi drivers at one time lived in New York!   They all spoke great English and we very fun to talk to!

We then had one last day in Greece before leaving for Bulgaria.  My wife had suggested a 10 hour day cruise that we saw advertised at the hotel. …so we went for it!  The bus picks you up at the hotel and bring syou to the service center to buy tickets and then onto the port of departure.  The cruise lasted 10 hours.  We were to visit Poros, Aegina and Hydra.   We arrived at the port and was amazed at how many people were on the boat…estimated 400?  It was a beautiful day as well! 

I can go on and on about this day…as it was unforgetable and amazing!  …but I will keep it short.   Each island had its own specialties.  As we docked we only had about 45 minutes at each stop.  So we had a chance to take a short walk around window shop.  Just a perfect amount of time.   Then we would depart to the next island.  Just sitting on the deck in the sun and watching the tranquil blue water travel by was very sureal.  A permanant smile were on our faces the whole day!   If you have traveled to any Greek islands…then you know well!  

One of our favorite stops on the trip was a little island called Poros.  It was very cute and small.  We walked down some alleys and took pictures and stopped for some souveniers.   When we retruend to the boat we grabbed a seat on the outside back deck.  The boat took off slowly as we pulled away from the island.  I stood up to get a bunch of pictures of Poros.  This picture is the view we had!  Fantastic!   A perfect postcard for a wonderful day!  I used the railing to brace my arm and took it hand held.  After 10 hours..of course you are tired and ready to go back to the hotel.   After this day…I am eager to go back to Greece to see more islands!!   If you enjoy traveling…Greece is a must visit!

I am not sure when we will go back…but we will make it back again one day!   The big islands suchs as Santorini, Crete, Mykonos…are on the list!