The monastery is located some 4 km east of the town of Poros on the mainland and was founded in 1720 by Iakovos II, Archbishop of Athens. During the Revolution of 1821, the monastery offered moral and material support to the fighters, while the great admirals of Hydra, Miaoulis, Tombazis, Boudouris and Apostolis, used to pass by there often to renew their resources. In fact, the graves of the latter two are to be found in front of the narthex of the church.
The Melistakto Café is just 200 metres from the monastery, where the road ends and the local bus stops and returns to Poros town.
The spot occupied by the café is unique. A small balcony under the spreading plane trees and next to a spring where water flows winter and summer for you to drink, refresh yourself and cool off.
Meletis and his wife, the café owners, are two wonderful people, kind, cheerful and excellent company.
Meletis has undertaken the production of baked sweets and omelettes, while his wife is in charge of making the coffees, the spoon sweets and jams, which are also on sale in jars.
Meletis’ sweets are unrivalled and the portions royal. For his ‘galaktoboureko’ (cream pie with fyllo), ‘ekmek’, and cheese pies, Meletis uses fresh milk from the goats and sheelp of a local shepherd who supplies him daily.
Within this cool oasis, in the company of these two godsends and nourished by Meletis’ delicacies, you feel as though this must be the most privileged spot in the whole of Poros.