Porto Heli Luxury Vacations
Once a little fishing village with a tiny natural harbor, Porto Heli is a town that’s become famous worldwide. As it sits on the Peloponnese Peninsula, linked to the mainland by a bridge, it can easily be reached by car from the mainland as well as by water taxi or ferry. Set in a nearly enclosed bay it hosts a large marina that’s well-protected from winds, where luxurious yachts, can be seen sailing in and out across the crystal-clear turquoise waters that are also dotted with Riva classics and handcrafted Greek fishing boats. Visitors can enjoy many recreational activities both on and in the water, including diving, with opportunities to view abundant marine life, including large fish and colorful sponges. Swimming is a favorite pastime too along with sunset watching when every evening a dazzling array of colors is splashed across the sea.
As one of the most luxurious destinations in Greece, there is no shortage of upscale shops and top-notch restaurants, in fact, some have referred to Porto Heli as a foodie paradise, a place where it’s virtually impossible to have a bad meal. The olive oil, olives, honey, cheese, fish and wine they serve typically comes from this very region. Visitors can also enjoy exploring archaeological finds from the town and acropolis of ancient Halieis on display in museums nearby.
Best Hotels in Porto Heli
Location: Porto Heli
Hotel Style: Contemporary
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.
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