On the northeastern Peloponnese coast, a three-hour ferry ride from Athens, or 25 minutes by helicopter. The area is chock-full of protected coves and bays on the crystal-clear waters.

Porto Heli is a small seaside town with large port. This port is a frequent mooring place for fishing boats and yachts in summer, giving to Porto Heli a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Also knonw as a frequent family destination, this region gets frequented by Athenians who have holiday homes there in summer. The location is convenient for road trips to Ancient Epidaurus, Poros, Ermioni, Mycenae, and Nafplion. From the small port of Costa close to Porto Heli, there are very frequent boats to Spetses island.

Furthermore it is situated in the rich agricultural region of Argolida, is a foodie paradise and locavore’s dream. It’s virtually impossible to have a bad meal. Much of the wine, cheese, fish, honey, olives, and olive oil comes from the surrounding region.

These makes it’s clear why in-the-know discerning Globetrotters want to come to Porto Heli—this is a part of the world that feels like a very laid-back version of the Amalfi Coast.

In many ways, Porto Heli feels like a time warp to western Mediterranean paradises in, say, the 1970s. To be sure, though, it’s no longer just a sleepy fishing village. A new Porto Heli marina facility is set to open soon and will accommodate up to 149 yachts. Naturally, there are comparisons drawn between Porto Heli and St. Tropez.

This fine little harbor is well protected from the wind and much favored by yachtsmen. Across the water are the ruins of the ancient city of Alieon. Whether you came by sea or not, you’ll enjoy your stroll through the streets lined with shops, restaurants, and hotels. Porto Heli is one of the most famous destinations in Greece for a good reason.

Its a word-of-mouth kind of place and will definitely fascinate you.

Photos credits:

Christos Drazos Photography

Heinz Troll