Porto Heli, nestled on the eastern side of the Peloponnese in mainland Greece, is a cosmopolitan haven offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and luxurious amenities. This seaside town has evolved from a secluded fishing village into a sophisticated destination, attracting Athenians building summer houses and wealthy landowners since the 1970s.
Discovering Porto Heli
Porto Heli is a small coastal town with a bustling port, frequented by fishing boats and yachts, creating an inviting cosmopolitan atmosphere. Originally a hidden gem, Porto Heli has grown into a family-friendly destination with a safe environment. The town boasts beautiful beaches set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean landscape, making it one of Greece’s premier holiday destinations.
Things to Do in Porto Heli
During the day, visitors can explore the intriguing sites near the harbor and rent mountain bikes to navigate the area. A scenic drive reveals natural wonders, traditional villages, and charming chapels. Hiking enthusiasts can explore the region through old footpaths leading to chapels, settlements, secluded beaches, and hilltops with panoramic sea views. The best time for hiking is in the mild weather of autumn and spring.
Porto Heli serves as an ideal base for day trips to the Saronic Gulf, excursions to Ancient Epidaurus, Poros, Ermioni, Mycenae, and Nafplion. The nearby Spetses island, offering a delightful island escape, is easily accessed by a taxi-boat departing from the small port of Costa.
Leisure and Entertainment in Porto Heli
Porto Heli’s vibrant waterfront comes alive with cafes, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Live performances and parties add to the lively atmosphere. The city hosts various events, including book fairs, shadow puppet theatres, fun fairs for kids, and summer concerts.
Beaches of Porto Heli
Porto Heli offers a variety of beaches, from the small beach in the town to Ververonta with its clear waters and beach bars, Hinitsa with golden sand and pine trees, and Kounoupi, an extension of Agios Emilianos, known for its crystalline waters.
The captivating 2022 movie “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” featuring Daniel Craig, Kate Hudson, and Edward Norton, was partly filmed in Porto Heli and Spetses.
Where to Stay in Porto Heli
Kosta Estate waterfront villa offers direct access to a small, secluded beach and is ideally situated less than a 10-minute drive from the charming town of Porto Heli. The standout features of this property include a spacious infinity pool, a private dock, a helipad, and breathtaking views of the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
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