TRAVEL GUIDE TO SPETSES
With a convenient location in the Argo-Saronic Gulf a couple of hours away from Athens by ferry, Spetses is a popular destination in Greece for short getaways among foreign visitors and locals alike.
The island is mostly known for its elegant atmosphere, as it is full of impressive mansions, as well as the limited number of vehicles that keep its atmosphere calm. On the island, you will find a yacht marina, boutique hotels, sophisticated restaurants, and secluded beaches with marvelous turquoise waters.
Our travel guide has been designed to provide all the necessary information you need to have in mind when planning your holidays. Discover everything related to the island's best hotels & restaurants, beaches, top landmarks, things to do, as well as an amazing photo gallery!
All you need to get there is a ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens. The island is also connected to the Saronic Islands of Hydra and Poros as well as to the regions of Ermioni and Porto Heli in the Peloponnese by ferry.
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A member of the Saronic Islands that sits in the heart of the Argolic Gulf, Spetses has a lot to offer when it comes to beaches, sightseeing, and relaxation! It is considered a favorite destination for a brief escape from the busy capital since a ferry from Athens is all you need to get to this beautiful island in just a couple of hours.
The island stands out for its stunning architecture and abundant elegance, mainly observed in its main town. That is because of the Venetian mansions and the excellent boutique hotels that combine traditional with modern elements in a unique way.
You won’t spot cars in the town so you can wander and explore the picturesque alleys at your own pace without disturbance. The means of transport that you will encounter include carriages, the local bus, motorbikes, bicycles, and a few taxis. A car can be brought to the island via specific itineraries and no car rental agencies are available on the island.
Around Dapia, the island's port, there is a selection of cafes and bars, ideal for a romantic drink with a view of the sunset. The Spetses Museum and Anargyros Mansion are located near the port and comprise two of the top attractions on the island. By strolling around the Town, though, you will discover even more sights!
The island's beaches alone are reason enough to visit the magical Spetses! Agia Paraskevi is considered the most beguiling beach, while Vrellos and Agioi Anargyroi are among the best ones, too. Those seashores are located away from the Town, so your best bet is to hire a motorbike or get there by bus. At the same time, lovely beaches, like Agios Mamas and Kaiki, are found in proximity to the Town.
Last but not least, sports enthusiasts should note that two athletic events (Spetsathlon and Spetses Mini Marathon) take place on the island annually.
All in all, if you seek an enchanting destination for a getaway near the Greek capital, look no further than Spetses!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
The main Town of Spetses is the liveliest place on the island and the majority of accommodation facilities are situated there.
You will find charming hotels that offer rooms, studios and apartments. They have a traditional atmosphere and excellent facilities, while some of them also boast swimming pools.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
The most popular way to reach the island is by ferry. There are ferries to Spetses from the port of Piraeus in Athens, other Saronic Islands (Hydra and Poros), and the regions of Ermioni and Porto Heli in the Peloponnese. The closest airport is Athens International Airport.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF SPETSES
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The town of Spetses is built on the slopes of a large hill. It has many picturesque spots, such as the port of Dapia and the promenade leading to the old port.
The Old Harbor of Spetses, called Baltiza, is located at a distance of 1.5 kilometers away from the New Harbor, known as Dapia.
Agia Paraskevi is a lovely beach with crystal waters and lush green surroundings. Most beaches on the island have these characteristics. It can be reached by bus from Spetses Town..
Just a few steps from the port stands the interesting museum of the local heroine, Lascarina Bouboulina. The museum is housed in her old mansion.
The impressive Festival of Armata takes place on the second weekend of September. This festival hosts many events and peaks with the representation of a ship burning.