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Poros Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

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The coastline of Poros is peppered with picturesque coves and beaches fringed by pinewoods which reach almost down to the water line. The most popular beaches are packed in the summer months especially at weekends when Athenians descend on the island in droves to escape the searing heat and pollution of their smog filled capital. But if you hire a boat (or you're lucky enough to own one) you'll find plenty of secluded spots a world apart from the main package holiday resorts.

Most of the island's beaches consist of shingle and small pebbles. You'd be wise to invest in a pair of plastic sandals because the underwater pebbles at some of the beaches make wading difficult and uncomfortable and sea urchins have been known to lurk in the more rocky areas.

Buses from Poros Town run regularly to all the main tourist beaches along the southern stretch of Kalavria. Russian Bay, at the western end of the south coast bus route, is where Russian ships first docked to aid the Greeks in their rebellion against the Turks in 1821. It consists mainly of stones which are tricky to walk on without shoes but kids love jumping off the small wooden pier leading out into the sea. The beach has a small snack bar and sun beds for hire.

A short distance east along the Kalavria coastline from Russian Bay you'll come to picturesque pine fringed Love Beach a favourite spot with the locals who bend over backwards to keep the place spotlessly clean. The beach is sandy but watch out for stones in the shallows. The tiny island near the beach was used as an undercover school during the dark years of the Turkish occupation when Greek children were forbidden an education.

Popular Neorion Beach, south east along the coast from Love Beach, has benefited from a generous helping of imported sand and even in the shallows it's less stony than many of the other beaches. There's a watersports centre at the beach which is lined with tavernas and speckled with sun shades in the summer months.

Nearby Calypso Beach is much smaller than Neorion but it's an attractive sand and pebble cove with pine trees and a small bar.

Kanali is the first big beach you come to if you turn right after crossing the bridge linking Sferia with Kalavria. It's a busy family friendly beach, with shallow water and a sandy seabed. The beach is popular with locals, visiting Athenians and foreign tourists alike. It's well served with tourist facilities including three tavernas with international offerings such as club sandwiches, draft beer and cocktails, spaghetti bolognese and even home made apple pie.

Nearby Askeli Beach is one of the most crowded of all the island beaches flanked by upmarket hotels and villas, tourist shops and tavernas. There's a watersports centre which offers most forms of water based entertainment from banana riding and water ski ing to windsurfing and parasailing. You can get to the beach by bus or water taxi from Poros Town.

On the other side of the island, northeast beyond the Temple of Poseidon, you'll find the attractive, uncrowded cove of Vagonia at the end of a narrow, winding road. It's a sand and stone beach with a small snack bar but little else in the way of tourist facilities.

If you take a boat over to the Peloponnesian port of Galatas, you'll find some good sandy beaches within walking distance of the town. The beaches of Plaka and Aliki, south east along the coast, may not be as picturesque as the pine clad coves of Poros but they're pleasant enough and are rarely crowded.