A COSMOPOLITAN PLAYGROUND ON THE GREEK RIVIERA

Porto Heli is a seaside escape in the southern region of mainland Greece, easily accessible from Athens by car and boat, as well as by helicopter to the private airport south of town. With a temperate Mediterranean climate, clear blue waters, beautiful beaches and a sheltered yacht-laden harbor, it’s understandable that the area is often referred to as the “Greek Riviera”.

Location: Peloponnese
Accessibility: By helicopter from Athens International airport (30' ride)
By driving from Athens (2,5 - 3 hours ride)
By hydrofoil from Piraeus port (2,5 hours)
Population: Approximately 2,500 people

INSIDE INFO

Natural bays and sheltered coves provide conditions conducive to a plethora of water sports, making it easy to venture out by boat – private or water taxi – to visit the attractive neighboring islands of the Argosaronic Gulf, such as jet-set Spetses and artsy Hydra.Picturesque Nafplion, the 19th Century capital of Greece, is a worthwhile stop on the way to or from Athens. Don’t miss the view from the Polyamides fortress. Walking up the 999 steps is both entirely optional and highly recommended as a means to walk off any excess of spinach pie and pasticcio.
Explore the ancient sites of the Ancient Epidaurus, the archaeological site of Olympia, Monemvasia and Mycenae.
Not in the move to move? Stay local, taking in the blue sky, lush vegetation, the great local fish taverns, tranquil pine-lined coves and small villages, all in the immediate vicinity. Oh, and don’t miss a movie night at the classic Star Club open-air cinema, a quintessential Greek summer experience.

WE LOVE

Walking the narrow streets and admire the neoclassical architecture, stone walls and windmills in the local villages, Feasting on fresh, local prawns then taking a siesta in one of the neighboring coves

Taking a water taxi or charter a boat to explore the natural beauty and stunning villas on the coast – Sean Connery has a holiday home in Kranidi - or cross over to Spetses (about 15 mins) or Hydra (about 1 hour).

LOCAL TIPS

IF YOU ARE a land lover, Porto Heli serves as an excellent base for exploring the rich cultural and gastronomical offerings of the Peloponnese. A variety of excursions are possible throughout the dramatic mountainous landscapes, from archeological ruins to vineyards, orchards, and olive groves.

IF YOU WANT action Porto Heli offers waterskiing for all levels, from beginner to competitive levels, scuba diving, kayak expeditions to the submerged ruins of an ancient fishermen’s settlement, boat trips to Spetses and Hydra or to the coastal beaches. Swim in the crystal waters of the sandy, pine-tree lined coastal beaches

EXPLORE Spetses, part the Argosaronic Gulf, is a particularly well-maintained pedestrian island with a mix of neo-classical and modern architecture. Historically wealthy, Spetses demurs as a high-season meeting point for affluent globetrotters from Greek shipping magnates to Hollywood stars.

Events calendar

Spetsathlon

A triathlon taking place in Spetses every May.

Classic Yacht Reggata

Held around the end of June in Spetses

Spetses mini marathon

Annual event happening over 3-days in October

Our Selection of Villas