So you are on Poros Island, or Galatas, or anywhere nearby, and you would like to know what is there to do. Here is Live-Bio’s list of top 10 things to do on Poros island and vicinity, including activities that are based on our intimate local knowledge, and that you will not find on any travel guide. Do you have any questions? Why don’t you contact us via email, whether you are staying with us or not.
Top 10 things to do on Poros island and vicinity – Live-Bio’s list:
1. Watch the sunset from the Clock Tower
Yes, I know, this is in the travel guides but for a good reason. The sunset over the calm waters in-between Poros Island and the Peloponnese are stunning. Make sure you know how to operate your smart phone’s panoramic photography mode! and look out for the ‘Reclining Lady’ mountain top.
2. Take a long stroll along the marina
Whether before or after watching the sunset, enjoy the people-watching and yacht gazing opportunities offered by the mile-long natural marina of Poros. There are of course numerous restaurants and coffee shops / bars on the way. Again, contact us if you would like our recommendations.
3. Cycle the coastline
It is a mostly easy cycle with few and brief uphills; but it is a highly rewarding experience, that will leave you toned and relaxed. Cycle west-bound towards the Love Bay or east-bound towards Askeli Beach and the Monastery. You can easily do both in a day, the island of Poros is not that big!
4. Hike through the Lemon-Tree forest
Crossing on to the mainland side, the Lemon-Tree forest remains a popular hiking destination, despite its gradual degradation. Seek local advice, there are still a few gem-like parts of this once flourishing hillside that are worth visiting.
5. Stroll through old Galatas
Many people would think that the best thing about the town of Galatas is the view to Poros Island. Well, this may be true for the new town facing the island, but few know of the old Galatas, stretching from the Hospital (ask the locals for directions) towards the peninsula of Methana. It is a gorgeous strip of land, full of orange and lemon plantations, stone walls and some stunning expressions of early 20th century architecture. Do not miss it!
6. Walk on water towards the island of Lazaretto
It is an experience worth photographing, especially during sunset. The tiny yet green island of Lazaretto is connected to the Peloponnese by two thin strips of land just underneath sea surface. Start from the beach of Plaka, making sure you wear appropriate beach footwear to protect your feet from the sea urchins.
7. Swim at the secluded beaches under the Monastery
This activity is a little bit harder to experience, as there is no public road leading to these secluded beaches. On the other hand, the fact that they are only approachable by sea means that they are quiet and ideal for relaxation. The beach itself is not a destination (big pebbles and not looked after), but the colour and clarity of the water will reward the effort.
8. Relax at the Love Bay during the afternoon hours
It is one of Poros Island’s best known beaches and for a good reason. Ever-green pine trees are hanging all the way over the water of this small, intimate stretch of brown sand. The guys owning the beach bar are great and the beer always cold. Check Love Bay page on Facebook.
9. Marvel at the century old olive trees
The North-East of the Peloponnese is indigenous to the Manaki / Kothreiki olive variety, known for its excellent quality olive oil production. Stroll through the hills of Troizina and marvel at the century old trees, stretching their branches full of grace and wisdom.
10. Watch the day pass as a timelapse from the Live-Bio balcony
From sunrise to sunset, the constant movement of sailing boats, catamarans and fishing trawlers makes for an ever-moving frame. Just come and knock at our door, you don’t have to stay with us, and we will share a coffee or a cold beer with you on the balcony. You will not want to leave!