Beaches of Troizinia
Summer and sea! A combination loved by both young and old. And our area has a lot of sea and many beaches! The beaches of Troizinia complement the beaches of Poros and offer us many alternatives. They expand our activities throughout the region and offer variety so that we can get off the beaten track. This is why Katheti highlights these known and unknown beaches.
Southeastern Troizinia is geographically connected to the continental part of Poros. The beaches of this area have been presented in the article on the beaches of Poros.
In central Troizinia and about 1 km from Galatas towards Lemonodasos, we encounter Bougia. A beach next to the road, with fine pebbles, sand and view of the narrow canal of Poros.
West of Galatas, we first meet the beach of the old camp, an easily accessible sandy beach with clear waters, surrounded by eucalyptus trees.
Moving forward, we pass by the area where the church of Agia Sotira and the homonymous pebbled beach are located. The area has few beautiful rural houses, surrounded by lush greenery and a stunning view of Neorio of Poros.
Continuing, we arrive at the premises of the currently deserted hotel complex Stella Maris, which about 20 years ago was one of the most important tourist resorts of eastern Peloponnese. One could say that it is one of the best beaches west of Galatas.
In a short distance from Stella Maris, we find the beach at “Tobazi” location and the very small Drepani bay.
Moving on, we reach Vidi and the beaches of its closed safe bay. Vidi in the ancient days was considered the port of Troizina and was called Pogonas. Today, the whole area is a designated archaeological site.
The coastal zone from Vidi to the Methana peninsula has wonderful beaches. At about 4 km after Vidi, is the bay of Agios Nikolaos, which has a small beach and the chapel of Agioi Anargyri at its edge.
Special mention should be made here to the Coast of Love, which has also been touristically developed
And a small parenthesis
At this point, it is worth mentioning that if we continue from the national road after the village of Troizina, we end up at Diavologefyro (Devil’s Gorge).
A beautiful ravine with lush vegetation, full of oleanders, centenarian trees and plane trees. Through the bottom, runs a creek, which in some parts creates small lakes with cold, crystal clear water, suitable for swimming.
Because the area is steep in many places, for safety reasons, it is better to make organized visits, with guides who know the area.
And we continue with… salty waters
Following the national road towards Kalloni, we meet the lagoon of Psifta, which is one of the most important wetlands of Greece, and the corresponding pebbled and sandy beach.
After crossing the bridge at Psifta canal and the junction to Metamorphosis, we encounter the large pebbled and sandy beach of Metamorphosis, called Melissi.
In the sea, in front of Metamorphosis beach, there is a sunken city of Roman times. It is estimated that it had up to 70,000 inhabitants and elements of masonry and fragments of Roman vessels are discerned.
Very close is the sandy beach of Dardiza, the largest of all the beaches we will encounter. At one point, it is organized and has a beach volleyball court.
After Dardiza, there is the port of Xirolimni, where there are a few fishing boats, and it is an ideal place for swimming and fishing.
Continuing, we pass consecutively by an isolated pebbled beach and by another picturesque cove, with a rock in the sea that divides the beach in two.
Finally, continuing on the coastal road, we pass another pebbled beach and after a while we end up in the port of Agios Nikolaos, with the homonymous old church of 1900.
Leaving central Troizinia, if we head northwest, at a short distance from Psifta, we encounter the beach of Dirlanda. A beautiful beach with sand and pebbles, which at least at its beginning is covered by tall eucalyptus trees, which create a natural shade for bathers.
Then we meet Kalloni (Beauty), a settlement whose name reflects reality. On the coastal road of Kalloni, before and after its port, extends its pebbled beach.
Continuing, after the old port, the coastal road ascends and leads to the beautiful beach of Votsalakia, with light-colored, rounded small pebbles and green-blue crystal clear waters, one of the best beaches of Troizinia. There is a beach bar and the beach is protected left and right by high rocks.
After Kalloni, we continue on the national road and after about 2.5 to 3 km we arrive at Neratziza, a seaside settlement in which the trees reach the sea. The beach of Neratziza is sandy with fine pebbles and has crystal clear green waters.
Returning to the national road and shortly after Dryopi, we reach the junction to Nisiza and Milos: Two very beautiful seaside small settlements with picturesque beaches.
Somewhere here we complete our imaginary travelogue of Troizinia beaches. Troizinia is a relatively unexplored area, which can offer many different options with its alternating landscape. Katheti has started the exploration of our area with a series of articles that aim to promote all the elements that compose its special character. The Poros beaches, the hiking routes, the alternative activities, such as fishing trips, are just a few examples of the many advantages of our region, which can ensure the successful development of sustainable tourism in it.
Photo 1, 3, 4, 11, 12: exploring-greece.gr
Photo 2, 8, 10, 19: dimostroizinias-methanon.gr
Photo: 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18: troizinia-methana.gr
Featured image credits: Paris Karamanis