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Monday, 14 June 2021

Poros By Night

 A summer Saturday evening.  Time for a perantzada, a promenade along the waterfront ending up at a cafe or taverna beside the waves.  People watching.  Us watching the passing parade and them watching us.


Poros seems full again . Most I would say were greeks, from the cities and countryside nearby.  Not so many foreigners yet and those that are here seem to be from the yachts.  The flotillas are returning.  A group of small yachts that travel together for 5 days, a week, going from island to island under the eagle eye of an experienced captain.  They go in groups to the tavernas recommended by the company and then on to the cafes or bars or a party on one of the yachts.


The harbourside road is closed from one end of the waterfront to the other on  Saturday night, from 8pm to 1am.  Curfew has been extended to 1.30am so everyone is supposed to scuttle home or at least be off the streets by then.


The Flying Cat (hydrofoil catamaran) on its last trip of the day from Piraeus down to Poros and  other islands in the Saronic Gulf,  Hydra, Ermioni and Spetses

We parked at the far end of town and walked along to K's new favourite cafe in the museum square.  It's right beside the sea so we could watch the comings and goings of the occupants of 2 or 3 big catamarans.  




Museum Square.
This cafe is a favourite of K and his old men friends.  It's central and others can be called in for a drink and a chat as they pass by on their evening perantzada.  In recent years it has been neglected but suddenly this whole area has come to life.  There are now 3 cafeterias in the square itself, a bar next door and a row of tavernas nearby


The new Sushi Cocktail Bar.  Do sushi and cocktails go together?


Stools and tall tables for those drinking at the Malibu.
There was once a line of bars along this stretch of road, with blaring music and drinkers exploding all over the waterfront.  Now all that's left is the Malibu and the Joy a little further down.  This is the first night they're all allowed, again, to play music.  It's loud 


Taverna row starts here
Most have professional cooks now and offer gourmet food.  Marinated octopus with seafood foam and the likes




The road is closed to cars and motorbikes and extra tables have been placed in the road to keep a distance of 2 metres between diners.
Only taxis, the bus, electric scooters and bicycles can drive along here.   Otherwise there are family groups, couples and clusters of teenagers filling in time with their friends before a last souvlaki and home.

22 comments:

  1. Poros by night looks a great place to visit.

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    1. It's a welcome sight after so many months of isolation. However, I still like peace and quiet best!!

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  2. I almost feel as though I were there.

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  3. Looks almost back to normal, wish I could come and visit and enjoy a meal.

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    1. Almost back to normal. Its not too busy yet which is fine by me. All the locals were out for the promenade

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  4. Looks fantastic, I especially love the boat photos! Such a pretty place.

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    1. I took lots of boat photos but the light was fading fast. There were plenty of yachts big and small but not overcrowded

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  5. It looks wonderful and warm.....

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    1. It was warm but almost cool enough still for a jacket. Nice weather

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  6. Still lots of empty tables, but I expect that'll change before too long. It all looks so welcoming.

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    1. Mmmm this weekend is a 3 day holiday. Somehow I think it will be the real start of the summer season

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  7. I would enjoy visiting Poros and sitting outside near the harbor having food and drink. I did visit Greece years ago and did extensive tours of sites.

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    1. It's just so nice to watch the people pass, the yachts coming in, the lights and enjoy a drink. Even better when you dont know all the natives. Sometimes you want a little peace.

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  8. Oh my goodness, I love it! So many wonderful memories of similar places that I hope to get back to one day.

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    1. Hopefully next summer will be a normal season.

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  9. Museum square has changed quickly. I seem to recall a feeling of closed up buildings less than 2 years ago (but I also recall the tallest basil plants I have ever seen). The whole place is looking lovely and I hope they thrive this year (what they need is fewer tourist who spend more money for a special experience)

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    1. Museum Square had only one cafe at the back that was open. It really has suddenly blossomed and the whole area at this end of town. It was deserted once the era of the bars was over and they all closed up. Now its filling with families and tourists and lots of greeks.

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  10. That is quite a big catamaran, reminds me of one of those superyachts we sometimes see here, wouldn't it be nice to spend the night on one of those, I can dream...

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    1. Oh those huge yachts look so luxurious. Plenty of staff, cocktails and plump cushions on the deck!

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  11. I love to see that the museum squere is Coming back. I recall when I was a little girl that it was bars and ice cream shop here, but the last years it har fallen Down and it was just like a playground place for kidz.. i am looking forward to be back next year and see the Island again full of life 🤗

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    1. Yes, I really noticed the change this year. It's full of tavernas and cafes but not those noisy bars that used to be there. Only the Malibu is left

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