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Poros is a small, scenic fishing town in the municipality of Eleios-Pronnoi, located on the southeastern part of Kefalonia Island. The closest town to Poros is Skala, just twelve kilometers away and the capital Argostoli is forty kilometers south. Poros is good to visit at any time of the year, with months between May and September being the warmest - with average temperatures in the upper 20s C. Winters are mild and often warm.
Poros is very much different since the big earthquake hit the region in 1953. Today the town is naturally separated into three different bays. On the central bay you will find the main square, where most of the summer festivals are held. On one end of the main square is the main beach and on the other end is the lively Poros harbor. The main square is lined with shops, bars, tavernas, doctor’s office, bank, post office and other things necessary for a small town. The main beach is called Aragia and has a Blue Flag award for quality. It is a very clean beach made of sand and white pebbles. There are all kinds of possibilities for water sports, and near the beach there are a few bars and tavernas. The beaches in Poros are not very crowded as on other places, and this town still has a traditional Greek charm and ambience. Within short walking distance from the main square is the Poros port where ferries depart and arrive from many major places on Kefalonia. Summer months are especially busy here with tourists coming and going constantly. From here you can take daily boat excursions to many popular spots.
Poros is great place for taking long walks and for hiking. If you like taking walks, you can start walking along the main beach towards northwest and in about three kilometers you will find a path that leads up to the Atros Mountain. Follow the path and you will reach the beautiful Virgin Mary monastery, located at the top of the hill. Here you can completely relax and admire the stunning views on the sea and the village.
Other interesting places to visit include the Drakena Cave, dating from the ancient times, and the pre-historic citadel from the Mycenaean times. The great gorge of Vohyna is also well worth visiting, and across Vohynas on the opposite hill you can visit the ancient monastery of Atros, dating from the first century. Through the Vohyna`s gorge near the Tzanata village you can also visit an old Mycenaean tomb.
In conclusion, Poros is less commercialized, but very nice town for spending a holiday. It offers everything one seeks from a travel destination. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit, and good thing is that this village has still kept its authentic Greek feel. The good connection with other places on the island make it popular both as a base for exploring the area and as a main spot for spending a nice, relaxing vacation.
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