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Located in the Peloponnese, a scenic two-and-a-half hour drive from Athens in an area referred to as the “Peloponnesian Riviera,” Porto Heli is a cosmopolitan destination known for its yacht-filled marinas, magnificent summer villas, luxurious hotels, and lavish resorts. It enjoys a sun-kissed Mediterranean landscape dotted with magnificent summer villas, lavish resorts, and yacht-filled marinas. The town evolved from a sleepy fishing village into what today is a glamorous spot for tourists with its hopping nightlife, elegant eateries serving gourmet cuisine, impressive scenery, and outdoor adventure.
Porto Heli At A Glance
Population of Porto Heli 2.000
What to See in Porto Heli Excellent watersports including sea kayaking, diving & snorkeling. Beautiful beaches to explore that include Kranidi & Nikki Beach. The nightlife in July & August is quite high key with many visitors from Athens.
Towns or islands to visit near Porto Heli Close to Athens and all of the Saronic Islands, including Spetses. Poros, Egina.
Things to do in Porto Heli
Taking part in water sports is one of the top active pursuits in Porto Heli, including sea kayaking due to the calm, flat waters that make it easy to paddle, exploring the shoreline while taking in spectacular views that include everything from the island of Spetses to secluded coves with hidden beaches and a wide range of birds. Diving and snorkeling are very popular here as is sailing, water skiing, stand up paddle boarding, jet skiing, wakeboarding and more.
There are some beautiful beaches in the area, including an organized stretch with crystal-clear waters right inside the bay of Porto Heli. This long sandy stretch is popular for water sports with many tavernas, restaurants and cafes nearby. Stunning Chinitsa Beach is blue flag-awarded and is just a few miles south of town, while Ververoda Bay is just northwest of Porto Heli, surrounded by shady pine trees and framed with aquamarine-hued waters ideal for surfing.
With Porto Heli attracting plenty of jetsetters, it also boasts a rather lively nightlife, that includes numerous bars hosting frequent live music and bistros on the beach providing entertainment until the wee hours of the morning. There are even more bars just a short drive away in the town of Ermioni. Families can look forward to delicious, long leisurely dinners in one of the many seaside tavernas and other eateries as well as an open-air cinema after dark.
Our Favorite Restaurants & Bars
Ippocambos, or the Seahorse Restaurant, sits in the center of Porto Heli overlooking the bay. Helmed by chef Goerge Korolis who spent nearly two decades touring Greek and European cuisine before opening, the menu featuring Mediterranean and Greek fare also reveals his love of Japanese food. You’ll find fresh tuna sushi along with dishes like Taliolin with sea urchin eggs and mussels with Ponzu sauce. Look forward to dining under the stars, enjoying an idyllic setting for a beautifully presented, unforgettable meal.
Veranda del Vino
The Veranda Del Vino enjoys a lovely setting overlooking the sea, providing delicious meals in a relaxed atmosphere with a menu curated by talented chef George Fasilis. The staff provides exceptional service and the food is on a whole new level.
Enjoy soups and pastas like linguini with squid and shrimp, appetizers that include cheeses and sausages along with mains like grilled shrimp and chicken burgers. All can be accompanied by a wine or cocktail, with wine labels curated specially to complement the flavors on the chef’s menu.
Located just across from the point that anchors the flying dolphin, Big Blue features the famous cool shades of the Aegean with lots of blue and white splashed with color in the summer, with lots of flowers and herbs adorning the building. Look forward to warm and friendly family-style service where the owner is likely to bring out some extras such as fresh fruit, compliments of the restaurant. The menu is extensive, with long list of delicious dishes from lukanika and rib-eye to fish, octopus, prawns and lamb chops.
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