The port-town of Poros is located towards the southern end of the east coast of Kefalonia
. It’s around 40km from both the airport and the capital so if you hire a car that journey will take around an hour. Transfers will likely be slightly longer.
Poros is the primary link from Kefalonia to mainland Greece with a daily service to Kilini as well as a route to pisaetos in Ithaka.
Poros is not one of the more popular tourist resorts with most visitors favouring Lassi
or one of the other resorts in the south west region. However, as Poros is a working port town it has a more authentic, traditional Greek feel to it which can be exactly what some people are looking for.
The main downsides of Poros are that although it has its own beach it’s not to everyone’s tastes due to it being pebbles rather than sand. It’s also not a great location for exploring the island, it’s a long way from the Paliki peninsula, the capital Argostoli
There’s not a huge choice of accommodation in Poros, there’s only a handful of hotels with pools and a selection of guest houses and apartments to rent.
There’s a fair number of restaurants with many being down by the beach offering nice views along with your food and drinks. Poros harbour isn’t a picturesque fishing style port that you get in some Greek villages, this is a ferry port so there aren’t loads of tavernas around it but there are a couple in case you want to watch the boats coming and going.
As for other amenities, there’s a couple of ATMs, car hire shops, supermarkets and souvenir shops too.
Nightlife in Poros consists of a nice meal and a few drinks. There’s cocktail bars that stay open pretty late which should keep most people entertained.
As long as you don’t go expecting wild evenings clubbing, karaoke or live music you’ll be alright, if you want those things you’ll likely be quite disappointed.
The nearest major beaches are Antisammos beach
or Skala beach
along the coast, alternatively you can head round the mountains to Koroni beach
or Kaminia beach
. There are several other more secluded beaches in the area but you’ll have to explore on your own to find them.
If you fancy getting out and seeing a bit of the Kefalonia coast then head down to the port where you can hire a boat and explore at your own leisure.
There’s also day boat trips from the harbour that take you round the island to Fiskardo or to the neighbouring islands of Ithaca or Zakynthos these often include a BBQ and stops at some of the best beaches along the way.
We surveyed some regular visitors to Poros and asked them what they’re favourite restaurants are and we got the following restaurants as stand out places to try.
In position 1 was Agrapidos, it’s a family run restaurant that’s right above the harbour serving delicious local specialities with stunning views of the sea and village from their rooftop terrace.
The second highly recommended restaurant was Steki. It’s located down at the beach with a terrace right at the edge of the sand. It offers great grilled dishes and excellent service.
Other good options were Paradise which is just across the road from the beach, it has its own swimming pool that’s free to use when eating or drinking so perfect for lunch. Dionysos also ranked well in our pole with it’s beachfront terraced location and good service.