Porto Heli Tours
Porto Heli is a modern coastal town and a well established resort for both local and international visitors, as many people have summer homes within the area. It offers the holiday visitor, or the local residents, a choice of water sports, sandy beaches and nightlife. Due to the beautiful climate with plenty of sunshine and light winds, the bay is ideal for all kinds of water activities. It is an area of great natural beauty, especially along the coastline with its numerous sheltered coves and crystal clear water. It started to develop the tourist industry during the 1980s, as it became popular with package tours. Being a modern town it has plenty of shops, tavernas, cafes and bars, boats that will take you on one-day excursions, or to some nice near-by beaches. There are daily bus and hydrofoil services from Athens throughout the year and car hire facilities are available in the town centre for exploring the wonderful surrounding region. Porto Heli is located on a beautiful safe, natural harbour, opposite the ruins of Ancient Halieis. Halieis was a large settlement of farmers and fishermen and remains are visible on land (the Acropolis) and just under the sea (the communal baths) at the opposite end of the town. Artifacts from the site are on display in various museums, including Spetses and the Archaeological Museum of the Peloponnese in Nafplio. The modern name of Porto Heli translates to the 'Bay of Eels', which was the mainstay of the fishing industry many years ago. Today, fishermen still go about their everyday business, with farming and tourism being the other main industries for this area.
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