Temple of poseidon
In the northen part of the island there are the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon 520 BC. Recent excavations from the Greek Archeological Service gave also significant information about Poros ancient history. One of them is the rocky islet of Modi or Liontari (Lion) with a naval settlement which is dated around the last phase of Mycenaean period (12th BC) The other is also a settlement which goes back to the 3rd millenium BC and it was found in Cavos Vassilis at the northen part of the island
The 18th century Moni Zoodochou Pigis is built around the island’s only spring. According to the local tradirion the name Zoodochou Pigis comes from the water-spring whichmeans life-giving spring and it’s known for its curative treatments. It is an outstanding monument of monastic architecture situated among a thickly pine forestwith a panoramic view of the sea. The monastery has a long history that is carried out from many worth seeing exhibits. Among them is the beautiful gilded iconostasis which was carved in Cappadokia of Asia Minor in the 17th century.
At the top of the hill you can see the clocktower and that is the symbol for Poros town. It was built in 1927 and was completely restored in 2002.
It can be tough to climb up there under the hot sun, but it's worth it because the view is amazing.
The Archaeological Museum was founded in the 1960s and is situated on Korizi Square. The building was constructed on a plot donated by the family Korizis. The museum displays objects unearthed on the island, after the neighboring coasts of the Peloponnese, in Methana and Troezen. Most of the finds are dated from the Mycenaean to the Roman period.
Primarily, the museum displays objects from the Temple of Poseidon in Vajonia, a collection of burial finds, ancient inscriptions and pottery from ancient Troezen in Argolida, ancient inscriptions and Hellenistic figurines from Methana and finds from the ancient ruins of Ermioni. There are also many other admitted from various excavation sites in Argolida Peloponnese.
It’s open every day between 8.30 and 15.00 except monday when it’s closed.
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands.
Hydra consists of the islands Hydra, Dokos and some uninhabited islands.
The county seat is "Hydra port". It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which there is a string of restaurants and shops for tourists and locals (Hydrioter). Steep stone streets lead up and outwards from the port area. Most of the local residences and hotels on the island is located on these streets. Other small villages on the island is Mandraki, Kamini, Vlychos, Palamidas, Episkopi and Molo.
There are no real roads on the island and motor vehicles are prohibited. Only two vehicles are allowed on the island, two garbage trucks. Hydra is a paradise for those seeking silence.
A tour with the Flying Dolphin from Poros to Hydra takes about 30 minutes.
Leonard Cohen lived on Hydra in the early 60's when there was no electricity or telephone. He wrote some of his best songs here. Eg the famous Bird on a wire.
You drive by car or scooter to the old Trizina which is located about 8km northwest of Galatas. Here you will find the ruins of the old temple of Hippolytos. The temple was built around 300 BC. You will also find a sanctuary built in the honour of god Asclepios, constructed around 200 BC.
Take also a trip to the beautiful monastery located on the left side of Trizina in the mountains. Drive into the first exit towards Trizina from Galatas, and then turn left before the small bridge when you approach Trizina and follow the road up to the monastery.
The volcano on Methana
By car you drive about 30 minutes north from Galatas to Methana. After Galatas you will come to a separation, one way drives towards Athens and the other towards Methana.
Turn right and follow the coastal road. When you come to the little community of Methana on the waterfront, follow the signs to the volcano. Bring coarse shoes and climb the path to the top. Fantastic views
The Acropolis rock is part of a Late Cretaceous limestone ridge that cuts through the Attica plateau in the northeast to the southwest axis and includes the Likavitos hill, the Philopappos (Museum) hill and the hill of the Nymphs.
The rock rises from the basin about 70 meters and levels to a flat top 300 meters long by 150 meters wide. Its flat top is due to the numerous landfills that have accommodated construction of fortifications and temples since the Mycenaean era. With its many shallow caves, the abundant percolating water springs and steep slopes, the Acropolis was a prime location for habitation and worship location for Neolithic man.
The Acropolis is the one historical site you can't miss. You can take a tour or wander up there yourself but during the summer, whatever you do, unless it is overcast, go early or late in the day. It can get very hot up there and gasping for breath can take way from your ability to marvel at the greatest of all archaeological sites. Getting to the Acropolis is easy and more pleasant than ever because the large avenues which border the south and west of the site (Apostolou Pavlou in Thission and Dionissiou Areopagitou in Makrianni) have been turned into giant pedestrian streets with cafes and restaurants and the walk is quite pleasant.
The guide of Poros