One of the most sophisticated and aristocratic destinations of Greece’s mainland, Porto Heli is not only a breath away from Athens by car, but also in close proximity to some of the most important cultural and ancient sites of the entire Peloponnese.
A place of pristine natural beauty, untouched by mass touristic development, the area features heavenly villas and small settlements nestled within almost-wild pine and cypress tree forests and fertile olive groves. Apart from its lush nature, Porto Heli is also favoured for its crystal-clear waters in countless private beaches and secluded coves or its popular vibrating coasts where the lush greenery reflects on the sea creating the most magical scenery for a calm and relaxing holiday.
From our part, we have gathered here the crème de la crème of what Porto Heli has to offer in all aspects: culinary journeys, thrilling events, top activities and the most precious beaches as well as the top luxury villas in Porto Heli for your absolute pleasure!
Hinitsa Taverna tis Giagias
A family-run tavern right on the seafront offering scrumptious dishes with seafood, fresh fish and some creations with meat using veggies from their own garden. A great plus is a proximity to the wonderful Hinitsa bay and beach, only a few steps away!
Salt & Pepper Restaurant
Found on the main road of Porto Heli, a few steps away from the port and the homonymous beach, Salt & Pepper offers a beautiful venue decorated in the local, traditional style and a menu of mouthwatering Greek and Mediterranean dishes right by the sea.
Also located on the main road of Porto Heli, Roxos is a family-run restaurant and has been serving visitors since 1979 in a calm environment right by the sea. Its menu comprises of a great variety of dishes inspired by the traditional Greek cuisine, Mediterranean flavours and lots of seafood.
Open from early in the morning until late in the evening, Ostria is one of the area’s hotspots with tables on a pier right on the water where you seem to float on the sea. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with creative dishes honouring the Mediterranean ingredients and flavours as well as some tantalizing cocktails.
The Drunken Clam
Right on the promenade of Porto Heli’s port, in the modern Drunken Clam you will enjoy the most scrumptious dishes of seafood with a creative twist and surprising combinations. The restaurant also serves a fine selection of beers from Greek micro-breweries.
One of the must-visit beach bars of the area, Godai boasts a unique location on a quiet beach between Porto Heli and Ermioni and offers a tranquil, laid-back ambience and chill music as well as full drinks’ list and a cocktails’ menu handcrafted by the bar’s talented mixologists.
Sway to the music of resident and guest DJs on a normal night or a special event, one of the many organized by the bar, and enjoy some exceptional cocktails that will blow your palates!
Veranda del Vino
Wine lovers will fall in love with Veranda den Vino and for very good reasons! An exquisite wine bar with high quality Greek wines, popular labels from around the world and some exceptional suggestions from artisanal international wine makers in a classy, sophisticated ambience where you can pair your wine with creative dishes from the executive chef.
2022 SPECIAL EVENTS
Porto Heli is a quiet and tranquil destination that enjoys close proximity to Spetses island, a vibrant summer destination for Greeks and foreigners alike. As such and since every summer Spetses is the venue of some of the most popular events in Greece, visitors will have the chance to attend many of them in case they decide to leave the tranquillity of their summer resort.
The popular Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta has been organized since 2011 and dozens of classic and traditional boats participate in the race. One of the most important maritime events in the entire Mediterranean, this year it will take place 23-26/06/22. Another famous event is the Armata Festival that takes place in September each year and honours the contribution of Spetses to the 1821 Revolution. The event goes on for an entire week with cultural events for adults and children, and closes with a replica of a Turkish boat bursting into flames and fireworks.
Another favourite nearby destination, Hydra, is also the venue of some exciting events during summer. The Miaoulia Festival, honouring the Greek patriot Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, takes place for almost two weeks during June each year, and includes various cultural events like dance performances, concerts and many more. The celebrations close with the sinking of the Ottoman Empire flag outside the harbour of the island accompanied by fireworks.
The Kountouriotika Festival, also taking place in Hydra, commemorates another Greek admiral and naval hero during the Balkan wars, Pavlos Kountouriotis, and takes place around the 22th of August each year, the anniversary of his death. Countless events including film projections, talks, tours, exhibitions and many more take place during the festival.
The wider area of Porto Heli offers several organized coasts but also private beaches and secluded coves. Here, we have selected the top 5 you should definitely visit during your stay.
Chryssi Akti: a tranquil, unorganized coast at the area of Agios Emilianos, only 4km from Porto Heli, this is a sandy coast with clean waters and lots of natural shade as the trees reach the shoreline.
Costa: one of the most popular coasts of the area, Costa is the beach of the homonymous village with a sandy coast, crystal-clear, calm waters and many beach facilities.
Kiparissia: another amazing coast with whitish pebbles, transparent, turquoise waters and a tranquil ambience. The cypress trees along the coast create a magical scenery, apart from providing lots of natural shade.
Korakia: a totally tranquil and secluded coast located near the homonymous Korakia islets, only accessible by sea or a rough dirt road. Due to its difficult access the coast is calm, uncrowded and untouched.
Limanakia: it comprises two adjacent bays, one with a pebbled coast and sandy seabed and, the other, with golden sand and deep waters. Watersports lovers will love this place as it offers dozens of options.
TOP THINGS TO DO
Although the perfect place to relax and unwind in lush nature, when vacationing in Porto Heli there are still a lot of activities and things to do in order to get a taste of the area’s offerings and get to know its hidden treasures. Wine tasting in some of the area’s wineries as well as honey tasting are among the must-do when visiting.
For those who want to explore the nearby areas, we definitely suggest guided tours to Epidavros, where you will discover the ancient theatre and learn all about the legacy it carries, as well as unwind in an area of pristine natural beauty. A guided tour to Nafplion is also a must as this was the first capital of Greece but has managed to preserve its traditional character and authenticity with its stone-paved narrow alleys in which you will admire the colourful balconies with bougainvilleas, countless flowers and plants and several small cafes and tavernas to enjoy a meal or coffee. And of course, climb up the Palamidi Castle overlooking the entire bay!
A boat trip to Spetses is another must, as the island boasts an authentic beauty, untouched by time, aristocratic architecture and traditional courtyards; plus here cars are prohibited!
Finally, adrenaline lovers can opt for a canoe/kayak tour to explore the exquisite channels and hidden bays of Porto Heli, typical of the area, or practise countless watersports offered in some of the area’s coasts.
TOP 2022 VILLAS
A bedazzling home right on the beachfront (the beach is private), Villa Esquire is a stunning residence nestled within lush, pristine nature. The property can very well accommodate up to 27 guests in utter privacy, as it offers several separate units, and boasts countless facilities varying from gym, cinema room and a wine cellar to a private chapel and helipad.
A microworld resembling a traditional farmhouse, right on the seafront, Villa Tribune can host 18 guests in a 4-storey building and a separate guesthouse in absolute comfort and seclusion. Nested within a lush pine forest, dotted with cypress and olive trees, the villa enjoys utter seclusion and serenity while the sea is right at its foot.
Another astounding property, the only residence on a verdant peninsula, Villa Tatler enjoys panoramic views to the sea and the surrounded hills that are carpeted with olive and pine trees. Its 14 guests will love the privacy of its arrangement – a main two-storey house and two separate guesthouses – and the serenity of its setting.
Masterfully designed and literally integrating within its natural setting, Villa Cuore is lined with natural stone inside and outside and boasts laid-back minimalism and understated opulence. Seclusion, serenity and breathtaking sea views are amongst those things that will make the villa’s 10 guests reluctant to ever leave the place…
Amphitheatrically built on the slope of a hilltop, overlooking the bay of Costa, Villa Post is a sophisticated property of immaculate environs and understated luxury. The property can host 14 guests who will enjoy utter privacy as they can get allocated in 3 separate guesthouses of two people each, two independent guest rooms with separate access and two bedrooms in the main house. Its lawned courtyard, uninterrupted 180̊ views and total tranquillity complete the scenery of the most rejuvenating holiday.
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