Although Spetses used to receive a lot of its tourism from Northern Europeans, these days it’s affluent Greeks who favour the island. And this is more than apparent as one takes a gentle stroll through town, past boutique shops and upmarket bars and restaurants. It has not lost its natural beauty or charm, however, as cars are banned from the town and horses and carts are still used as a means of transport, although mostly by tourists - there is a ‘horse stop’, much like a bus stop, in the port of Dapia! Dapia in Spetses town centre is the island’s main port, where ferries leave to Athens (2-3 hours) and Kosta in the Peloponnese (10 minutes) and a number of ouzeries and cafes line the sea front. A short stroll south east from here brings you to the old port, where you will find most of the town’s nightlife, as well as a yatch-filled marina. The town has a selection of fine beaches within easy reach, and several finer ones slightly further away. Agios Mamas is the most central, although can get crowded in summer month. At the edges of town are Kaiki (College) beach and Agia Marina, both of which have sunbeds, tavernas and watersports. The south and west of the island are characterised by lovely sandy bays, with Agia Anargiri in the west being the most popular on these and is where one can visit the renowned Berkiri’s cave. Nearby Agia Paraskevi and small, peaceful Xilokeriza in the south are also well worth a visit. To the north are picturesque Ligoneri, lively party beach Vrelos and sandy, pine-lined Zageria. All beaches can be accessed by water taxi and most can be accessed by one of Spetses’s two bus services. Visitors may also be interested to visit the historic village of Kasteli where one can enjoy beautiful views across the island and the crystal clear, turquoise waters that surround it.
For more information on Spetses, we like the excellent Spetses Direct website.
*Credit and thanks to Vaggelis Vlahos and Jean Housen for the photos featured on this page.
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