Why visit Porto Heli & area- the Greek Riviera
Location – Location – Location
Well, it is both Beautiful and Peaceful with so much to Do and See.
Porto Heli is used by <<GreekVillas>> as the general area name for Porto Heli bay and the lacy coastline that we call <<The Greek Riviera>> including locations such as the little township of Ermioni, Kosta (or Costa) where the water taxis ply between Spetses and Kosta, Porto Heli Township and environs, Hinitsa, St. Emiliano, Plepi, Thermissia, Kounoupi, Petrothalassa, etc.
The most expensive luxury villas in Greece are concentrated here, on this little known “Greek Riviera” of the Peloponnese, where Greek and foreign tycoons flock together, ‘like birds of a feather’, fiercely guard their privacy and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the coastline without any maddening crowds of tourists. This is where they anchor their super yachts for easy sailing around this astonishing area. Yes, that is the main reason why Porto Heli area is such a well-kept secret. It is not by chance that the ‘Aman Hotels’ chain chose Porto Heli area for the first Aman Hotel in Europe! The area is beautiful and reminds one of Tuscany in parts, with old olive groves producing extra virgin olive oil like liquid gold, fruit orchards producing some of the best oranges and apricots in Greece, and the stunning scenery of the Argosaronic Gulf with the magnificent views across the bay to either Spetses, or Kounoupi, or Hydra etc.
You see, the best part is that the tiny Costa Marina has a water taxi service as well as a boat shuttle service, and guests can hop on a water taxi or the shuttle boat for the short enjoyable boat trip only a 8 minutes trip across the bay to Spetses, where there are lots of cafes and restaurants for cosmopolitan evenings out. The water taxis also take visitors to Hydra or Ermioni etc. so the fact that if visitors don’t wish to drive around, they just take a boat to get around. The shuttle launch boat from Kosta to Spetses costs 2 euro per person and the water taxi launch costs 20 euro for up to 8 persons.
Why Visitors like to stay in Porto Heli area
The beautiful Greek Riviera of the Peloponnese peninsula is favoured by those seeking restful holidays away from the maddening crowds. Many Greek tycoons have built their holiday mansions in this area and its ideal for sailing or yachting and making short tours by boat or by car.
What Kind of Villas you can expect to rent
Its possible to rent villas with 3 bedrooms with 400 euro a day up to astonishing grand mansions that cost many millions to build and probably to maintain also. That is why a potential high season price tag of 3000 to 5000 euro daily may be considered very reasonable for a top luxury seafront villa in the latter category. Of course, the sky is the limit, so there are some very exclusive private doors that open to a few elite clients.
Things to Do and See
– it’s the ideal base for day excursions by road or by boat, to visit exciting archaeological sites and points of interest such as Mycenae, Epidaurus, the deserted medieval town of Monemvasia and the historical first Greek capital, Nauplion. If you wish to relax, remember to Pamper yourself at the nearby spa of the ‘Ammanzoe’ exclusive resort.
If you like an active holiday, take note that you will have one of the best water skiing nearby, as well as canoe or kayak, an excellent PADI diving school as well as a top-notch sailing school or windsurfing, etc. Fisherman will certainly feel the itch to throw their rods into the sea
We have a whole ‘bucket list’ of Things To Do Whilst in Porto Heli area, so that will have to wait for next time you read my blog. Not to keep you waiting, I reveal one to you below:
Private Kaiki Boat trip
The highlight of your trip could be the private ‘kaiki’ full day boat tour that we can arrange for the whole group , that will sail through clear emerald waters till you reach a magnificent secluded sandy bay and just ask us to pre-book a table at our secret taverna for an unforgettable fish lunch (meal not included). Early bookings recommended. Ask us for details.
Weather and When to Visit Porto Heli and Kosta area
Basically, due to the warm dry climate in Porto Heli its a true all_year_ round_ destination.
Spring is usually sunny and warm from March until the end of May when almond trees and zillions of wildflowers of all colours, are blossoming and the countryside is green and sunny. whereas our warm sunny autumn days from October onwards till end of December are also ideal for hiking, and cycling as its warm and dry but not too hot. Usually, you can still enjoy swimming in the gentle sea of the bay which remains warm till late autumn. Jan till March can be cold and windy but may also be sunny and warm – you are always in for a pleasant surprise with our weather.
Summer starts from June till end September which is probably the best month of the year.
The warm Summer months are ideal for swimming and sea sports or yachting. Summer can be hot and dry and relief is to be found in the crystal seas or your pool. It’s very good fun to rent a yacht and enjoy the sea breezes, and thereby discover secret bays with emerald green water. Yachting is very popular in the Saronic Gulf, so lots of boats of all sizes can be seen cruising the calm waters between the Saronic islands of Aegina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses, combined with the mainland of the Peloponnese with the lacy coastline.
Autumn is deliciously warm and dry, without winds and the sea remains warm and calm. For many regular visitors, the months from September till November may be the best months of the year to enjoy the area in peace.
Winter is hardly ever really cold, as Porto Heli seems to be a real sun trap, due to the protected coastline. It’s the ideal time of year for hiking, and also for touring around the historical towns and ancient sites that are mainly within a couple of hours driving. There are always some good tavernas open all year round, as are the cafes and shops, due to a robust permanent population. Most villas have their log fireplace for the cool winter evenings, and some have to heat too. The sun is warm and comforting without the cold winds that torment residents on some of the other island groups.