As stone’s throw away from Athens (okay not literally), Poros island in the Argo-Saronic Gulf is a popular weekend getaway for city dwellers and international visitors alike. A green island with a picturesque port – one of the most lively in Greece – you can reach Poros in under an hour from Piraeus with a hydrofoil. This island is home to a number of beaches, including popular and more secluded spots.
To the northeast of the port lies tiny pebble filled Askeli, one of the island’s best shores and a preferred spot among tourists. An organized beach, Askeli is lined with a selection of bars, restaurants, and seaside hotels. If you’re a fan of watersports including waterskiing and parasailing, this is the beach you should head to. A fun spot for everyone, Askeli usually attracts families and younger people alike. A beach volley court is also available on site.
Also on the eastern side of the island is Monastiri, a serene and more secluded beach with clear waters that lies below a monastery built on a pine tree-filled hillside. Located closer to the port of Poros at the point where the northern and southern parts of the island meet is Kanali, a sandy beach with taverns that’s usually visited by families, older people, and locals.
Vagonia to the north is an interesting beach in that it is the site of a sunken ancient town that’s still visible. To the northwest of the port of Poros you’ll find a number of small beaches sprinkled with waterside taverns and cafes. The first will be Perlia, followed by Mikro Neorion, and pine tree-filled Neorion, which is another good spot for water sport fans.
Situated to the west of Neorion, Love Bay is a small beach that extends right out of a pine forest. It’s known to be one of the most romantic island waterfronts because it is cozy and quiet.
Even further west you will find Russian Bay. A peaceful choice that’s situated among trees, this beach is characterized by its historical backdrop – the ruins of a naval station building whose front side is still standing today.
With a number of relaxing or busier options to choose from, Poros island beaches are a fine option for those looking for a weekend getaway, or even a day trip from Athens. Other nearby islands include Hydra, Spetses, and Aegina.