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Exploring Porto Heli, the “Greek Riviera”

Labelled the “Greek Riviera,” Porto Heli is a luxurious destination in the Peloponnese and home to 5-star hotels, fine dining restaurants, lovely beaches, secluded coves, private bays, and breathtaking landscapes that attract affluent visitors throughout the warmer months.

Location, location!

A 2.5-hour drive from Athens, or 25 minutes by helicopter, this opulent destination is set across from Spetses and Hydra, making it the perfect base for day trips to nearby islands. Porto Heli’s harbour is well protected from the wind and with a gorgeous marina that offers easy access to the Saronic Gulf, it has become extremely popular amongst those who love to sail the Aegean Sea.

To Stay

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is an elegant hotel with impressive spaces and stunning sea views. Offering guests a glamorous and upmarket experience, here you can enjoy one of its 66 state-of-the-art rooms and suites, two fine dining restaurants, and the world-renowned Beach Club, where you can relax poolside with a drink, and taste local seafood, all while listening to a resident DJ playing cool summer tracks. Otherwise check into Amanzoe, which is one of the most expensive hotels in Greece. This ultra-exclusive and carefully designed resort has an emphasis on health and wellbeing and features an exclusive private beach club and a decadent spa. If you prefer to stay in a villa, there are plenty of options via Porto Heli Villas, where you can rent an exclusive property with panoramic sea views and a private beach, and also check out PortoHeli Exclusive, as they offer a vast portfolio of luxury villa rentals that are ideal for families and anyone with a larger group.

Eat & Drink

Porto Heli provides various options when it comes to wining and dining and is most known for its delicious fresh fish, which can be found at any of the local eateries. Our recommendations are Veranda del Vino, Big Blue, Salt & Pepper, and Rozos Restaurant. For a gastronomical Japanese experience head to Nama, or if you are after something more casual try The Drunken Clam. When craving something sweet, Solo Gelato serves freshly made gelato and desserts, and Café Da Luz is the place to go for a leisurely coffee. As for a place to sip on a cocktail while watching the sunset check out Ostria Café Cocktail Bar.

Tip: don’t miss going to the fishing village of Kilida, about 10 km northwest of Porto Heli, here you will be treated to the freshest and most mouthwatering prawns.

Water Activities

Sailing and yachting are very popular here with a renowned water ski school and the annual Spetses classic yacht regatta. Sea lovers can enjoy plenty of watersport activities such as scuba diving, marathons, kids sailing, paddle boating, and windsurfing.

To Swim

There are so many beautiful beaches, bays, and coves including Hinitsa, Kounoupi, and Blue Beach, which has a nice tavern and also check out Ververonta Beach for its calm water and fancy beach bars. Paralia is the main beach with lots of water activities, while Triantafyllou, Petrothalassa, and Paralia Kosta are secluded and ideal for a picnic.

Day Trips

In 10 minutes you can arrive by taxi boat to the picturesque island of Spetses, as well as the nearby islands of Poros and Hydra, where you can discover pretty towns, shops, cafes, bars, and seaside restaurants. Porto Heli is also great for road trips to historic sites such as the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Mycenae, and Nafplio


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