Spetses, a small, pinewood-covered island just off the coast of the Peloponnese has not really been discovered by any of the major tour operators, nor is it a place where the island hopping summer crowds go. It attracts mainly well-bred Athenians appreciating the laid-back and refined atmosphere on the island and the charming hotels in Spetses.
The town of Spetses
The little ‘town’ of Spetses is among the prettiest in Greece; it is famous for its elegant 18th and 19th century mansions, idyllic gardens and pebble-mosaic courtyards. There are nice little boutiques and art shops, and some good places to eat. The most charming spot is the old harbour (Palio Limani). It can look a little sleepy during the day (except in August when the harbour fills up with sailing boats and yachts), but at night it comes to life and you will find some great places to go for a drink.
Transport and beaches on Spetses
The use of cars is restricted on Spetses – only a few local residents have permits. There are a handful taxis but most people go around on mopeds or bicycles. There are plenty of places where you can rent them; you will find bicycles in all sizes, even for very young children. Spetses is indeed a great island family holidays. Children will enjoy roaming about in the little alleyways of the town, riding a horse-drawn carriage and taking a water taxi or caique to the beach. There are a several nice beaches (some organised with umbrellas and the lot, others more quiet and with trees for shade), and lots of small coves.
A book to read during your holidays on Spetses
In the early 1950s, author John Fowles worked as an English teacher on Spetses, which he later chose as the setting for his brilliant novel The Magus. Bring a copy with you – it is the perfect book to read during your vacations on Spetses.
Small hotels and other special places to stay in Spetses