The port-town of Poros provides a significant link with its daily ferry service between Kefalonia and mainland Greece. After the earthquake of 1953, when the few fishermen's houses which made up the village were destroyed, it was rebuilt with the assistance of the British. The town is set amidst dramatic scenery of mountains Atros and Pahni and its coastline provides beaches and a safe port. The ravine of Poros is an 80 metre deep precipice, with steep slopes where you will see hollows in the rocks - the footprints of the mythological Hercules. River Vohinas springs from a 'bottomless' lake, with is a dry bed river in the summer months but in winter, flows through Poros.
Poros is a good place for walking and hiking and the beaches are generally uncrowded. As it is not known as a sophisticated resort, the pace is slow with a traditional Greek 'feel' and you will not be paying top prices here. Walkers may like to hike to the oldest monastery on Kefalonia. Walk for about 3 km along the beach in a north-west direction, then follow the path up into the mountain of Atros. The path ends at the monastery of the Virgin Mary, at the top of a 500 metre high hill. Views from here are absolutely stunning.