NAVAL ELEGANCE

With its close proximity to Attica and Peloponnese and its elegant atmosphere, Spetses is undeniably a beloved destination and an ideal choice for weekend escapes. Cinematic, nostalgic and enchanting, this small gem of an island is both a popular refuge from the mainland and a top vacation spot.

CINEMATIC FEEL

Location: Argo-Saronic islands
Capital: Spetses
Size: 22,2 km²
Accessibility: By ferry from Athens, Ermioni or Porto Heli

The island of Spetses retains much of the grandeur and elegance of its past, back when it was an important maritime trading center. This naval tradition is reflected in the island’s architecture. Spetses is the greenest island of the Argo-Saronic Gulf, with pine forests that hide charming pebbly beaches and rocky coves. The main town is peppered with handsome archontika (mansions), decorated with mosaic floors and pebbled courtyards. Most of these mansions belonged to captains, shipping magnates and merchants who made their fortunes during the Napoleon wars. Car use is restricted in an effort to preserve the island’s character and natural beauty. Spetses is also quite famous for its nightlife, offering a wide variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that extend along the waterfront.

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

Going on a romantic promenade on a horse carriage along the route from Ntapia to the Old Port. Shopping at the small, elegant boutiques at the port of Ntapia Square. Having coffee or lunch at the Posidonion hotel, which was built in 1914 and is the landmark representing the cosmopolitan side of the island.

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LOCAL TIPS

Visit the home of Laskarina Bouboulina, a prominent figure of the Greek revolution. Experience an amazing day trip by chartering a traditional kaiki boat and having a tour of the island. Feel free and safe to go on bicycle rides. The absence of cars makes for unforgettable exploration on two wheels. Stop at Politis or Klimis for the traditional sweet treat called amygdaloto.

Events calendar

SPETSATHLON

The biggest triathlon race in Greece is held every May awarding the best athletes

ARMATTA FESTIVAL

A week-long event in honor of the naval battle of September 8th 1822 against the Turkish fleet

CLASSIC REGATTA RACE

Every June a popular race of classic yachts takes place in Spetses since 2011

AGIOS MAMAS FEAST

An intimate feast in Agios Mamas chapel with children putting candlelit small ships out at sea