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Spetses Holidays

Spetses holidays

Spetses (2hrs 15mins from Piraeus) is known as a retreat for the well-heeled Greeks (of which there remain more than you may think!), as evidenced by the discreet walled villas and glitzy yachts in the marina. Spetses Town is most attractive, with whitewashed bougainvillea-strewn mansions, wide piazzas and a pretty old harbour called Dappia.

As on Hydra, cars are banned, so transportation is provided by horse-drawn carriage, bicycles, water-taxis and many buzzing mopeds. Taxis and two local buses also run. There is a serviceable town beach, and also sandy Kaiki at the town's western end. Both can be busy in season but it is not difficult to find quieter beaches further afield.

Only 10 miles square, Spetses has a circular road running around the island, giving access to various beaches, the best being in the south. Walking trails run through the centre, passing through pine forests and beside ancient chapels on the way.

The Greek heroine, Laskarina Bouboulina, was born here and led a tremendous fight against the Turkish fleet in 1821. Her life is commemorated in a little museum here. The naval festival over the second weekend of September re-enacts the battle with a famously spectacular event, for which the island is packed.

Spetses, Saronic Islands

Getting There

Flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh to Athens. 1 hour taxi to Piraeus port for high speed cat or hydrofoil to the island (2 hrs 15 mins., ticket included). Onward transfer to your accommodation. On your return the reverse applies.

Multi Centre Options

Spetses combines well with Hydra, just 45 mins by ferry, and a few nights in Athens at the start or end are easy to arrange. Spetses can also combine with Agistri (connecting hydrofoil via Piraeus) or the western Cyclades (Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Folegandros, again connecting via Piraeus). Tailor-made holidays are possible with a wide variety of options - mainland fly-drive, other Cycladic islands, and any island served by ferry or domestic flight from Athens (which is most of them!).


We do not employ our own representative on Spetses and transfers are therefore unescorted. Our hotels should be able to give any local information required. We do have a local agent on Spetses and our main agents in Athens can always be contacted if required.

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