is a green island with an area of 33 square kilometers, a shoreline of 42 km and a population of about 3,500. There is a daily service, provided by both ferries, which do the trip in two and a half hours, and by hydrofoil (1 hour), from Piraeus, which is 31 nautical miles away. Aegina, Methana, Hydra, Spetses and Ermioni can be reached by the same means,
while the "flying dolphins" (hydrofoils) also go to Porto Heli, Leonidi, Kyparissi, Monemvasia and Kythira, and in summer in Tolo and Nafplio. Galatas, which is opposite on the shore of the Peloponnese, is reached by ferries and small craft.
Poros, called Calaureia in ancient times, was the island of Poseidon, god of the sea. This is evident from various literary references and from the traces of the temple of Poseidon, which are to be found in the middle of the island. This fact may account for why Poros was chosen to be the headquarters of an amphictyony (alliance) set up in the 7th century BC whose members were seven cities. Subsequently, the fortunes of Poros followed those of the other islands of the Saronic Gulf. In the War of Independence against the Turks in 1821, Poros fought alongside the other islands, and in 1830 became Greece's first naval base.
Today, Poros is a large tourist center and has all the essential facilities. Its unique beauty makes Poros a very popular destination.
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