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Poros

Trip Planner Europe  /  Greece  /  Saronic Gulf Islands  /  Poros
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Things to do: historic sites, beaches, sightseeing
Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at a distance about 58km (31 nautical miles) south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 200m wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across the strait. Its surface is about 31km2 and it has 3,780 inhabitants. The ancient name of Poros was Pogon. Like other ports in the Saronic, it is a popular weekend destination for Athenian travellers.Poros consists of two islands: Sphairia (, ), 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 strait.The community of Poros has total population of 3,993 persons, a land area of 49.582km², and the following villages: Poros, (pop. 3,651)Ágios Nektários (pop. 101).Kyaní Aktí (pop. 213) a part of the mainland at the easternmost point of the Peloponnese peninsula between the island of Poros and the island of Hydra and next to the municipalities of Troizinia and Ermionida. 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.
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