With a convenient location in the Argo-Saronic Gulf a couple of hours away from Athens by ferry, Spetses Greece is popular for short getaways among foreign visitors and locals alike.
The island is mostly known for its elegant atmosphere, as it is full of impressive mansions, as well as the car ban that keeps its atmosphere calm. On the island you will find a yacht marina, boutique hotels and sophisticated restaurants, as well as secluded beaches with turquoise waters.

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All you need to get there is a ferry from Piraeus port in Athens. Note that the island is also connected to Hydra and Poros by ferry.


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Sitting in the heart of the Saronic Gulf and belonging to the Saronic island group, Spetses Greece has a lot to offer in terms of beaches, sightseeing and relaxation. A ferry ride from Athens will get you to this beautiful Aegean island in just a couple of hours. This is why it has emerged as a great city break destination!

The island stands out for its architecture and elegance, especially in its main town. This is mainly due to the Venetian mansions that lie in the town and the excellent boutique hotels that combine traditional with modern elements, in a unique way.
You won’t find any cars in the town, as they are banned, so you can wander undisturbed and explore the picturesque alleys at your own pace.

Around Dapia, the island's port, there is a selection of cafes and bars, ideal for a romantic sunset drink. In Dapia, you’ll also find the Spetses Museum and Anargyros mansion among other attractions. Strolling around the Town, you’ll discover even more places for sightseeing!

The island's beaches alone are enough of a reason to visit Spetses! Vrellos, Agia Marina and Agia Paraskevi are the best ones. However, these seashores are located quite far from the Town, so your best bet is to hire a car or get there by bus.

If you love sports, note that many athletic events, such as marathons, are often organized, usually in autumn and spring.
So, if you seek an elegant destination for a getaway near Athens, look no further than Spetses!

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The main Town of Spetses is the liveliest place on the island, where the majority of accommodation facilities are situated.
You will find charming hotels that provide rooms, studios and apartments. They have a traditional atmosphere and offer excellent facilities, while some of them also provide a swimming pool.

Some of the most popular hotels are Poseidonion and Orloff.


The most popular way to reach the island is by ferry. There are ferries to Spetses from Piraeus port in Athens but also from other islands of the Saronic islands (Hydra & Poros) and from the Peloponnese. The closest airport is in Athens.
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  • Beautiful town
    The town of Spetses spreads on the slopes on a large hill. It has many picturesque spots, such as the port of Dapia and the beach promenade to the old port.
  • Old harbour
    The old Harbour of Spetses called Baltiza is located at a distance of one-and-a-half kilometers way from the New Harbour, known as Dapia.
  • Agia Paraskevi beach
    Agia Paraskevi is a nice beach with crystal water and lush green surroundings. Most beaches in Spetses have these characteristics. It can be accessed by bus from the town.
  • Museum of Bouboulina
    Only few steps from the port of Spetses is the interesting museum of the local heroine, Lascarina Bouboulina. The museum is housed in the old mansion of Bouboulina.
  • Armata Festival
    The impressive Festival of Armata takes place on the second weekend of September in Spetses. This festival hosts many events and peaks with the representation of a ship burning.