A lovely island of the Saronic Gulf, Spetses island is a popular weekend destination due to its closeness to Athens. In the Medieval times, the island flourished with trade and the locals constructed elegant mansions that survive till today. When the Greek Revolution of 1821 broke out, the local commercial ships were turned into military ships and contributed to setting the country free. The Town is large and ideal for long promenades. Many beautiful beaches are found around the island, accessible by boat or bus. A large festival takes place in Spetses Greece on the second weekend of September, the Armata Festival, that peaks with the burning of a boat in commemoration of a naval flight between Greeks and Turks.
Only two hours ferry ride from Athens, Spetses in Greece is a wonderful island for short holidays or weekend break. During your holidays in Spetses, walk along the lovely sea promenade of the town and swim in the secluded beaches for truly relaxing moments. Visitors love the relaxing and elegant atmosphere, stressed by the yacht marinas, the boutique hotels and nice restaurants. Spetses can be combined with other islands for vacations, like Hydra, and beach towns in eastern Peloponnese, like Ermioni and Porto Heli.
Have a look on our travel guide about Spetses holidays and check the most beautiful beaches, villages, museums and sights to visit on the island. Also do not miss our collection with photos, 360 pictures, videos and maps to get to know better the location before going there.
A Greek island with distinctive architecture, Spetses is large and picturesque. This island belongs to the Saronic islands group. Spreading along the slopes of a hill, the town has several quarters with elegant mansions and narrow paved paths. Main things to do in Spetses are hiking and sailing.
Dapia, the main port of Spetses island, is surrounded by canons and provides a romantic place for a day coffee or an evening drink. You will enjoy long promenades, both in the seaside and the countryside. The most beautiful beaches are far from the town and can be accessed by bus or boat. They include Vrellos, Agia Marina and Agia Paraskevi.
During your holidays in Spetses, do not also miss a visit to the Museum of Bouboulina, a traditional mansion that was the home of a famous heroine of the Greek Revolution. This guide of Spetses offers all useful information for holidays there. This island has frequent ferry connection with Athens and other Greek islands, such as Hydra and Poros. Opposite Spetses island, there is the coast of Ermionida in Peloponnese with lovely seaside places.
Spetses Town is large in size and concentrates the majority of accommodations on the island. Several hotels are found around the port of Spetses island, as well as family studios and simple apartments. Some accommodations are boutique hotels with pools and spa therapies, particularly in the quarter of Kounoupitsa. These accommodations are only a short walk from the port and nightlife venues.