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Escape for short vacations
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For a short trip, only a couple of hours from Athens by boat, Spetses sounds like a brilliant destination to relax and take a fresh breath away from the busy centre. Those ten years that I live in Athens, in never really bothered to see not even one of the Saronic islands but after all I have heard for this beautiful island, last year I was very curious to see it myself. I was off work for more than two weeks so I thought I should not spoil not a single day.

We arrived in Spetses a couple of hours later ready to start our walks in the picturesque town. We actually took the horse carriage to get us to the hotel. On our way, I was surprised by the elegant atmosphere of such a small place, the Neoclassical houses and the traditional atmosphere. Small islands like Spetses is like an embrace, it makes you feel home. There are not many things to do but one time is never enough when visiting the beautiful beaches and the walks in the town.

The most interesting spot in Spetses is the port Dapia lined up with cannons that were used in the Greek revolution. We sat in one of the great cafeterias there and enjoyed the view to the sea. We also had some lovely meals in the central square taverns and refreshing swims. Spetses is not for long vacations but I will surely remember it as one of my best trips in Greece.


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cpars wrote on May 09, 2013

I just returned for two days in Spetses, very beautiful swims and lots of history on the island, I will return in the future.


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Loved the long walks
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We arrived by the hydrofolis from Piraeus at the port of Spetses called Dapia. The temperature hovered around 26 degrees C and everything seemed set for a perfect holiday. Everything about the island from the pine forests to the horse traps that move about the harbor front lend a romantic and laidback feel to the island.

Interestingly, cars are not allowed in Spetses, but motorcycles are, and there are a couple of buses to get around. We trudged on foot to most places, and we didn't actually mind the exercise, as it gave us an excuse to gorge on a good meal without feeling guilty. After we had checked into a small hotel in Dapia, we took the main road and headed south up the hill and visited some splendid churches.

The main square of Spetses is a pretty place. The island has a fine architectural style with its stately mansions built by wealthy islanders who operated a prosperous shipping business. These houses have impressive gardens and courtyards paved with pebble mosaics.

We had a meal at one of the tavernas on the square. It was good, but couldn't hold a candle to the Patralis Fish Taverna at the seafront of Kounoupitsa. Sitting outdoor, we watched the boats sailing past and the sun disappear under the Mediterranean waters. I can still taste the delicious Lobster Spaghetti, the Mussel Pilaf, Kakavia (soup prepared from the day's catch), and the famous Fish a la Spetsiota.



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Lovely place
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The most impressive fact in Spetses was that we had to travel on donkeys from the port to our hotel. The houses in Spetses have traditional architecture and most are built of stone. No compare with Cyclades and their white houses. The colour that dominates in Spetses is not white but grey.

The loveliest spot is Dapia, the new harbour with all those small cafes on top of the walls. In Spetses, I noticed that there are not as many gift shops as in other islands. Apart from some in Dapia, I didn't see any other.

To go to the beaches in Spetses, you take the bus or the boat. We tried Vrellos and Agia Marina. The inland of Spetses is also nice and I was told there was a monastery, but didn't visit it. Also worth is to visit the museum of Bouboulina only 5 minutes walk from the port. It is a good chance to see a traditional house from the inside. She was a local heroine and a fighter in the Greek Revolution.



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Different yet romantic
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The most beautiful part of Spetses is Dappia, the port, with the small canons around and the lovely cafeterias. This is a great spot especially with the soft lights at night.

No vehicles are allowed on Spetses, except for the public bus that goes around the island, bikes and motorbikes. Be prepared to walk a lot, but it is a nice island for walking, not like Hydra that has a lot of ups and downs.

The whole town is flat and paved and on the side of the streets, you see wonderful traditional buildings. Spetses is not like other islands, it doesn't remind at all Cyclades. Colours are much different, not white and blue but stony grey. I was surprised not to see many gift shops, except for a few in the port.

Pay a visit to the museum of Bouboulina, 5 minutes walk from the port. This is the house of a local heroine, constructed in the 17th century and depicting an old house with many nice furniture inside. There is a great tour in Greek but if you ask the tour guide, she will explain you in English what you see.

Boats leave frequently and go to beaches around Spetses but the beach in the town is also very popular, lately it became organized so you will find umbrellas and sunbeds. It is a pity that it is so difficult to visit Bekiri Cave, it would be a great excursion, but you have to take a boat, leave it in the sea and swim to the cave to go there, so very few people try it.

When you book accommodation, make sure the hotel is close to the port, otherwise it will be very tiring to walk and drag your luggage in the middle of a hot day. If you want something more traditional, take the horse carriage at the port. Horses stink but it is a romantic experience. Trip fares are fixed (usually about 15-20 euros) and so is the route.



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Take few clothes
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I had heard a lot about Spetses from a friend who has a summer house there and spent a couple of days there in June. As it was early season and the middle of week, we had the island for ourselves. Trip from Athens is easy and very fast by hydrofoil. Do not take much luggage because it may be unconvient for the trip and as there are no taxis on Spetsesyou will have to carry them to your hotel. After all, you will not need a lot of clothes, just a swimming tank and some beach clothes. The town is lovely and very romantic. You will find the best taverns in Dapia. Food is nice, try grilled fish, saganaki (fried cheese) and souvlaki. Mythos Beer is Greek and very tasty, too. Spetses is generally a bit expensive, so stay only for 2-3 days, they are enough. If you want to continue your holidays, take the hydrofoil to Hydra or Porto Heli, they are both too close to Spetses.



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Nice cocktail island
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Spetses doesn't have good beaches or strong nightlife. But it has lovely architecture with impressive old buildings and one of the best cocktail spots in Greece. The port of Spetses is called Dapia and is surrounded by beautiful bars and cafes. To have a drink at night in these bars is a wonderful experience. If you are with a boyfriend, it gets very romantic. I loved the horse carriages, they look so traditional, like drawn out of the medieval times. We often took a ride with horse carriage in Spetses. I was only annoyed with the motorbikes. They could get very noisy especially on Saturday night. There are no sights on Spetses, no castles. When I came back, I found that there is a museum in the town about a Greek heroine.



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A long weekend is enough
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The hydrofoil to Spetses was very fast and accurate but a bit pricey. The island is beautiful, although it was small. There is not much to see, so I would suggest to go for a long weekend or at least no more than 5 days. Beaches are nice but I have seen better in other Greek islands. You go to the beaches by taxi boat from the town. The atmosphere on the island is relaxing and horse carriages make it romantic. The old port is a nice place to enjoy a drink at night and see the small lights of the fishing boats in the harbour. The locals are calm people. Most of them don't speak English, except if they are young, but you will have no problem in communication. Body language and gestures are pretty effective in such cases.



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Ride a horse carriage
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As I had a few days left before my holidays end, I went for a weekend to Spetses. It was my first time there. The island is small but very picturesque. Old mansions all over the town, paved streets and a lot of horse carriages are the main characteristics of Spetses. Riding a horse carriage is the best thing to do. It feels like you are a princess in the Medieval Times. My favourite place was the old harbour, having a drink there with view to the boats is really relaxing. As for beaches, I can't say because I din't go swimming while I was there.



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Picturesque and busy
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Spetses is a small island but it has enough to keep you busy for a week, or at least for a long weekend. Close to Athens and well connected, so you will not face troubles in transportations. The port is very picturesque and I liked it ever more at nights, with the small lights like candles. Best beaches Agia Paraskevi and Agia Marina. Go to the beaches by taxi boats. The special thing is that on Spetses there are no cars, only carriages and bikes for your transport.



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You have to visit
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Spetses is a historical island for Greece.
The people of the island in 1821 where a a part of the war.
Every year, in early September, they celebrate it with a festival called Armata.
One of the very nice parts of the island is Palio Limani, the old port, that's where the night meets the day, beacause all the night clubs are in that area.
Another place that is nice and my favorite is Zogeria, it's a beach, only open in the summer, but very quite, no motorbikes around...!
The sea is clean and crystal.
There are two museams that you must go to as well.
The thing that you have got to do is going on a bugge ride, do not forget.
Also you can rent a motobike for a day and go around the island, that way you can have a look at all the beaches and around 7pm - 8pm you will be able to see the lovely sun sets!
I think that Spetses is a place that everybody must visit.



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