Spetses Island is among the most romantic destinations in Greece. Blessed with hidden bays, golden beaches, secluded coves, beautiful shoreline, crystalline waters, rich history and culture, Spetses encapsulates the Greek island experience. Riding in a horse drawn carriage along the littoral road, the guest is flanged by graceful 19th century mansions on the one side and the azure waters of the bay on the other.
The heart of the island beats in the cosmopolitan Spetses town which is the only settlement on the island. The visitor has the rare pleasure to explore the town on foot or by bicycle, without the interference of private cars that are not allowed on the island. Spetses offers the discerning traveller a broad range of luxurious amenities; high-quality accommodation, elegant boutiques, fine restaurants and a variety of night spots. For those interested in culture and history, Spetses Cruising can organise guided tours of the island’s rich museums, elegant historic mansions, and serene byzantine chapels.
The island of Spetses hosts a number of international events that celebrate the history and culture of Greece. Among them, the Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta, a 4-day event, staged to the backdrop of the majestic Poseidonion Grand Hotel. A series of classic yachts, traditional caiques and traditional lateens form an equisite parade in the Argosaronic Gulf, celebrating the Greek maritime tradition. In October the Spetses Mini Marathon – a 26km international race around the island – brings over 3000 athletes to Spetses to compete in the largest sporting event in Greece outside of Athens.
The pivotal role that the Spetses fleet played in the Greek war of independence and the birth of the modern Greek State, is commemorated with the Armata Festival. The week long festivities culminate with the re-enactment of the burning of the Ottoman flagship in the harbour, followed by and extravagant firework display and street parties.
Within the beautiful village of Dapia, the cultural and historic heart of Spetses Town, lies the Dapia Harbour. Flanked on all sides by neoclassical mansions that celebrate the maritime culture of Spetses, the harbour makes the perfect setting for an afternoon stroll. Dapia Harbour also connects visitors to the rest of Greece, being one of the main boat-hire locations for Spetses Cruising.
During your stay on Spetses, we would recommend taking an excursion to Dokos & Hydra, Epidaurus, Vathi Avlaki Monemvasia or Vathi Avlaki Ierakas.
The secluded bay at Vathi Avlaki is a hidden gem. The stunning white pebble beach between the emerald waters on the side and the pine covered hills beyond is no less than breath taking. Swim, snorkel and sunbathe to your heart’s content. Lasting impressions will bring you back to this wonderful place!
The citadel town of Monemvasia is a snapshot of Greece’s past. Connected with the mainland by a 200m causeway, the old town centre is a treasure trove of medieval buildings, small Byzantine churches and traditional craftsmen’s shops that have remained unchanged for generations.
Bursting with rich history and a unique culture all of its own. People of the arts have flocked to Hydra for generations in search of inspiration. Many grew so enchanted by the surroundings, they never left! The perfect place for a stroll, a spot of lunch and some intensive retail therapy.
One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is said to be located at the same site as the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius. An incredibly significant location, the theatre itself was built approximately 3000 years ago and sits within the most extraordinary surroundings imaginable. Even if ancient Greek history isn’t your primary interest, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is quite simply stunning.
Situated close to the islands of Hydra and Spetses, Dokos is a wonderful destination for island-hopping journeys. With serene beaches and crystalline waters, there is endless scope for relaxation and exploration in equal measures.
The most beautiful of all mainland towns with Venetian, Ottoman and Neo Classical buildings, hidden leafy squares, meandering streets and a sophisticated atmosphere. The gentle pine-scented breeze and the view across the Argolic gulf towards the mountains of Arcadia reach you as you relax at a seafront cafe.
Built on a natural fjord and hardly visible from the sea, Ierakas is both famous and infamous for its popularity with pirates back in the day. The perfect place for a relaxing stroll before indulging in a delicious lunch at one of the local tavernas offering the best seafood in the region.
It is clear why discerning globe trotters come to Porto Heli. This is a part of the world that feels like a very laid-back version of the Amalfi Coast. The area offers plenty of protected coves and bays on the crystal clear waters of the Aegean. Porto Heli’s constellation of inlets means the water is both calmer and warmer than many of the Cycladic islands.
The beautiful islands of Milos, Sifnos, Serifos, Kimolos, Kythnos and Kea.
Milos has a rich history and spectacular beaches that line its coast. The island is sprinkled with spots that will take your breath away.
Sifnos offes a great balance of beautiful beaches, low-key nightlife, white Cycladic villages, low-impact tourism and maybe the best food in the Cyclades.
Serifos exudes a calm atmosphere and speaks directly to your senses. The island is gracefully embraced by the deep blue colours of the Aegean Sea and has some magnificent beaches.
A magnificent coastline decorated with the uninhabited islands of Arsida and Petroklos and the glorious Cape Sounion. The temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, the ancient Greek god of the sea, dominates the southern most tip of Attica, where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. Make the most of your trip by indulging in a refreshing swim in the small beach by the foot of the temple.
Unspoilt mountainous coastline, sprinkled with secluded coves, hidden beaches and picturesque villages. Fokiano is the most beautiful gulf of southeastern Arcadia. It “hides” within lush green mountain slopes, while its green waters and white pebbles make it seem like a shrine of tranquility.
Kyparissi was an ancient sanctuary of Asclepius. The little village is a secluded paradise backed by the craggy slopes of Mount Parnon and fronted by the cobalt blue of the Myrtoan Sea.