The Greek Islands have long inspired romantic images of picture perfect villages, pretty harbours and glorious golden beaches trimmed by fabulous turquoise seas. Spetses, off the south west coast of the mainland, is no exception, a small island with a big personality. Spetses is also the name of the main town/port on the island.
The island has a long history. In the beginning of the 20th century, the island of Spetses developed into a cosmopolitan resort frequented by kings and leading political figures. Their meeting point was the historical Hotel Poseidonion, a donation from the island’s great benefactor Sotirios Anargyros. Spetses has 2 museums which explain the full history and folklore of the island and are worth a visit.
The traditional art of wooden ship building still continues today, skills passing on from father to son. The island’s boat-yards smell of tar and fresh paint and are of historical interest as well as being a great sightseeing opportunity.
Welcome to Spetses
Walk along the narrow streets of the village and admire the masterpieces of the pebble art – works from folk craftsmen – in the streets, squares and courtyards.
There is plenty to do on the island if you can drag yourself away from your pool or beach sunlounger. Bike riding, water-sports a plenty, organised tours, fishing and scenic walks – the island has walking trails all the way round, perfect for those that like to get out and about on foot.
Go on, try somewhere new for your next holiday, get you Greek Island Getaway in the diary and then look forward to a very special holiday.
Travel to Spetses from the UK
There are direct flights with a choice of airlines from airports across the UK to Athens. Once there – possibly an overnight stay will be needed dependent upon arrival flight/departure ferry – it is then €10-€15 Uber taxi to Piraeus Ferry Port. This usually takes 10-15 minutes. Once aboard you can sit back and enjoy the ferry ride to Spetses, which normally takes 2h 20 mins. Cost is €38.50 one way. Transfers to your accommodation can be discussed when you book.
You can check ferry time tables on the links below:
It is worth noting that no private cars are allowed within the central town limits. The most common modes of transport are walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles, with taxis and delivery vehicles being the only larger vehicles allowed.