Porto Heli

PORTO HELI - Distance from Ermioni: 20 kms/20 minutes

Porto Heli is a modern coastal town and a well established resort with natural harbour for both local and international visitors.  Many people have summer homes within the area, as it offers the holiday visitor and local residents a choice of water sports, sandy beaches and nightlife.  Due to the beautiful climate with plenty of sunshine and light winds, the bay and nearby lagoon are ideal for all kinds of water activities.  It is an area of great natural beauty, especially along the coastline with its numerous sheltered coves.  Porto Heli started to develop its tourist industry during the 1980s, as it became popular with package tours, although today it is mostly the rich Athenians that visit.  Being a modern town it has plenty of large hotels, shops, tavernas, cafes and bars. There are daily sea crossings from Piraeus and car hire facilities are available in the town centre. 

Porto Heli is located on a beautiful safe natural harbour, opposite the ruins of Ancient Halieis.  Halieis was a large settlement of farmers and fishermen and formed part of the ancient Ermionis Kingdom, ruled from the city of Hermione.  Ancient remains are visible on land (the Acropolis) and just under the sea (the communal baths) at the opposite end of the town, next to the brand new Nike Beach Hotel.  Artifacts from the site are on display in various museums, including Spetses and the Archaeological Museum of the Peloponnese in Nafplio.  The modern name of Porto Heli translates to the 'Bay of Eels', which was the mainstay of the fishing industry many years ago.  Today, fishermen still go about their everyday business, with farming and tourism being the other main industries. There is a good choice of large hotels in Porto Heli, which are found along the coastal road leading to Kosta, where you can catch the ferry, caiques and water-taxis across to the island of Spetses.

In addition to having the Hellenic Seaways flying boats linking Porto Heli with Spetses, Ermioni, Hydra, Poros and Piraeus, there are a number of excursion boats that operate during the Summer season.  You could even visit the old Medieval town and castle of Monemvasia with Kelly Cruise - Tel: 27540 51327 for more information.

Porto Heli has many resident and visiting yachts and sailing boats which moor in the large natural bay.  During the Summer months the bay becomes a wonderful mix of colour and floating shapes, with speed boats and water-ski's trying to make their way through the armada of leisure craft.  Water-skiing, windsurfing and assorted watersports are found along the resorts sandy beach fronts and in the Ververonda lagoon close by, which also offers water sports, sandy beaches and beachfront tavernas and bars.

If visiting Porto Heli in the Spring, it is worth seeing the annual Ermionida regional Spring Carnival.  The Carnival parade is held on the main waterfront strip and attracts children and adults alike from the whole Ermionida region.  A great time is had by all. Children can also play on the sandy beaches which have inflatable water-castles and there is a children's play area on the waterfront.  On occasions during the Summer, a visiting fun-fair is found alongside the AB (Alpha-Vita) supermarket.  

Location

Porto Heli
Ermionida Argolida Peloponnese
Greece
37° 19' 40.3032" N, 23° 8' 38.742" E
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