Spetses Island in Greece

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SPETSES ISLAND IN GREECE

Spetses is definitely one of the most elegant and cosmopolitan destinations in Greece, located only 54 nautical miles from Athens.

Spetses is a picturesque, historic island within the Saronic Gulf. With its naval tradition, rich heritage, and distinctive culture, it makes a perfect destination all year long.

“The island of perfumes”, as it was named by the Venetians or “Pityousa” (which in ancient Greek means “full of pine-trees”), is a beautiful, car-free island with numerous wonderful sandy beaches and lovely secluded bays.

The island played an integral part in the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman rule and the subsequent birth of the modern Greek State. When the Greek Revolution broke out in 1821, Spetses was the first of the Greek islands to raise the flag of the Revolution on the morning of April 3 1821 in the church of the patron saint, St. Nicholas, located in the old harbor.

Every year, the second weekend of September is dedicated to commemorating the events of the battle of September 8 1822 in which the Turkish flotilla was torched. The events culminate in a re-enactment of the burning of the Turkish flagship in the harbor.

Not to be missed in Spetses:

A horse-drawn carriage ride along the promenade

A walk from the main port of Dapia to the lighthouse of the Palio Limani (Old Harbor), passing the Captain’s Mansions which line the seafront and the intricate stone pavements

A visit to the traditional Spetses Shipyards, the only ones in Greece which have been carrying out this skilled craft uninterruptedly since the War of Independence

A guided tour of the Hatzigiannis Mexis Mansion and the Bouboulina Museum

A visit to one of the island’s open-air cinemas in the summer months

A visit to the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses

Bike Rides & Hiking

Charter a traditional wooden boat for the day

SPETSES ISLAND/GREECE
How to reach this wonderful island

There is a regular ferry connection between Spetses and Athens. Ferries depart from Piraeus port daily, almost 5 times per day. The trip lasts approximately 3 hours and the route is carried out by a high-speed vessel.

-Ferries

Spetses is also connected by ferry with Poros, Hydra, and with some locations on the eastern coast of Peloponnese, such as Ermioni and Porto Heli.

-Flights near Spetses

There is no airport in Spetses. The closest one is Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", which receives both domestic and international flights all year round. Upon your arrival at the airport of Athens, you need to reach Piraeus port and embark on the ferry to Spetses.

Spetses Things to do

The island is ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside. Swimming in the wonderfully secluded beaches of Spetses is a delight. Enjoy a day under the hot sun and in the afternoon have lunch in the seaside taverns. In the evenings, have a drink in a lounge cafe-bar under the stars.

Another enjoyable activity on Spetses island is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches, and hilltops with breathtaking views of the sea. Hiking is best in autumn and spring when the weather is not so hot. In summer, long hiking can be quietly uncomfortable.

Spetses beaches

Apart from the main beach in the town, there are many organized beaches in Spetses to swim and enjoy a day in the sun. Transport to these Spetses beaches is easy by bus or by boat from Dapia, the new port of the island. All Spetses beaches provide picturesque spots and a relaxing family atmosphere. You will find below a list of the best beaches on Spetses island.

-Agia Paraskevi beach

Location: 10 km west of Spetses Town

Description: This is a rather secluded beach on the western side of the island. It has soft sand and crystal water.

-Agia Marina beach

Location: 3 km south of Spetses Town

Description: This small beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, and many watersports centers. It can be reached by bus or boat.

-Agioi Anargiri beach

Location: 12 km west of Spetses Town

Description: This is among the most popular beaches of Spetses. A few hotels are found in the area. A walking path from this beach leads to the amazing cave of Bekiri.

-Kaiki beach

Location: 2 km from Dapia

Description: Kaiki is the most popular beach close to the town. It is partly organized and has a lively bar in summer.

-Town beach

Location: 500 meters from Spetses Town

Description: Located within a short walking distance from Dapia, Agios Mamas is the main beach of the Town. It is partly organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. Fresh fish taverns line this pebbled coast.

-Vrellos beach

Location: 6 km northeast of Spetses Town

Description: Vrellos is a long, sandy beach on the northernmost side of the island. It can be reached by boat or by bus.

-Xilokeriza beach

Location: 8 km from Spetses Town

Description: Located on the southern side of the island, Xilokeriza is a beautiful sandy beach surrounded by much greenery. This is a nice place to relax.

-Zogeria beach

Location: 9 km northwest of Spetses Town

Description: Zogeria is a secluded beach on the northern side of the island. A small chapel of Agios Georgios is located on the beach.

Stay in Spetses’s best hotels – Breakfast included

Poseidonian, Alexandris Hotel, Villa Martha, Armata Boutique Hotel, Spetses HotelKochyli Hotel, Klimis Hotel, Hotel Kamelia

Best Restaurants in Spetses – Harbor view

Mediterranean

Liotrivi, On the Verandah, Mourayo Spetses, Patralis, Water of Love

Experience dining and definitely try fresh fish and seafood in the best Spetses’ taverns and explore the quality nightlife in the local bars and clubs through Cycladia’s Eat & Drink list for Spetses Island!

 

 

 

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