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Weekend in Spetses: the cosmopolitan Athens island

Athens ● Saronic islands ● Spetses ● 04 July 2017
Spetses is one of the most elegant Saronic Islands, all of which are perfect for a weekend from Athens thanks to their closeness to the Greek capital. Spetses is the remotest of these islands, but it is still very close to Athens. You can go there by boat from Piraeus Port within 2 hours or by car to Hermioni in Peloponnese and then by water taxi within 10 minutes to the island. The first thing you will see is Spetses Town, the harbour of the island, which stands imposing and beautiful. Neoclassical houses, impressive mansions and an aristocratic hotel of the past century at the sea front create an extremely beautiful scenery.


The modern port is called Dapia, and there, you can stroll around or eat at the central square. In the narrow, pebbled streets of Dapia, there are also many elegant shops with famous brands, some of which you can find it only in Spetses and in Mykonos! Generally, Spetses is considered to be the counterweight to Mykonos, concerning the nightlife, the luxury shops and restaurants and the cosmopolitan character. In Spetses Town, worth visiting is the Museum of Mpoumpoulina, the most famous woman heroine in the Greek Revolution in the 19th century, in which Spetses had a leading role. The collection of her personal objects in her traditional mansion will impress you and give you much information about the Greek War of Independence against the Turks.

The old port near Dapia is the perfect place to have a walk on foot or by a carriage with a horse. The scenery is lovely, the houses there are not as impressive as in Dapia, but they are also well-preserved and beautiful. Taverns by the sea in front of the pedestrian give you the ultimate feeling of the island, but the old port is not always calm and peaceful. In the old port, beats the heart of Spetses nightlife, and you can have fun there, in the cozy small bars until the dawn.

Old Harbour

On the hill above the old port, you can visit the Church of Panagia Armata (=Armed Virgin), which was built in 1824 to commemorate the defeat of the Ottoman fleet during a naval battle. Every September, in the festival of Armata is celebrated this victory and the miracle of Armed Virgin.

The beaches of Spetses are typical beaches of the Saronic Islands. Deep blue clear water, pine trees, sand and pebbles create a landscape, where you can relax. Since the cars are prohibited on the island, you can go to the beaches by boat from Spetses Town or by bus, moped or bicycle. The best beaches, all of which are organised, are Xilokeriza, Kaiki, Agioi Anargiroi and Vrellos. Especially Kaiki is the liveliest beach with a beach bar full of young people and with party music until night.

For more excursions around Athens check here!