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Poros Kefalonia travel guide

Poros is a quiet port on the east coast of Kefalonia, about 38km from Argostoli. Poros is a popular port of call for yachting flotillas and there are ferry links from here to other islands and to mainland Greece.

It has fallen out of favour with British holiday package companies in recent years as tourists have headed for the better beaches of Skala and Katelios to the south.

Poros was rebuilt after the 1953 earthquake and it's architecture is characterless although the resort is in a dramatic location with the mountains of Atros and Pahni behind.

The town beach of Poros is called Aragia. It's a 600 metre stretch of shingle and sand with sunbeds, showers and toilets. There is another pebble beach across over the river bridge with boats for hire and some good tavernas.

Poros is a good centre for walking and hiking. There are paths to the oldest monastery on Kefalonia, the monastery of the Virgin Mary on top of a 500 metre high hill with amazing views.

Other attractions for walkers are the Poros Ravine, an 80m deep gorge where the rocks are said to bear the footprints of Hercules. The springs of the River Vohinas springs said to come from a 'bottomless' lake which is just a dry river bed in the summer.

Poros town authorities have also created a walking trail around the local villages of Asprogeraka, Riza, Kabitsata and Tzanata that takes about three hours to complete.