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Spetses Island, Greece - You'll never walk alone

Spetses is the southernmost of the five Saronic islands, approximately 53nm (1.5 hours by hydrofoil) from Piraeus, the main port of Athens. Its proximity to the Peloponnese mainland (approximately 1.5nm) makes the island accessible nearly throughout the year, even under severe winds. The visitor can either take a ferry/hydrofoil from Piraeus, or drive/take a bus from Athens to Kosta (2.5 hours) on the mainland, and then take a ferry or sea taxi across.

The pine covered island has a long shipbuilding history, with most of its wealth having come from the sea during the island’s significant participation in the war of independence against the Ottoman Empire, which started in 1821. One of Spetses’ main attractions today is in fact the “Armata”, a spectacular, fireworks-based representation of the Spetses sea battle (1822).

Most of the architecture in Spetses is 19th century-based, which together with the absence of cars (you need a special permit to have one, even so it can only be used outside of the town), makes visitors feel as though they have taken a step back in time. Unlike most places in Greece, people use traditional means of transportation; horses, bicycles and walking (as well as motorbikes) are widely used, to the extent where it does not seem odd for someone to walk for 10 minutes to a destination (hence the title).

The island has a lot of history, and there are many interesting historic places to visit, mainly around the 19th century and the war of independence. There are also a large number of beaches, some of them with umbrellas and sun beds. Waters are clean and calm most of the times, and you have the option to go to a quiet, or a busy beach. From the Old Harbour and Dapia/Town centre you can walk to some of them, or take a bus, sea taxi or a caique to those further away. There is always the option to rent a motorbike.

The Old Harbour is located towards the east of Dapia, and is a short 10-15 minute seaside walk from the centre of town. Ships are still being built in the traditional way at the Old Harbour, and you will probably have a chance to admire the shipbuilders working on a wooden hull. Old Harbour is also home to the best eating/entertainment choices on the island, features a grocery store with a sea view, and is the premier location for a holiday rental in Spetses.

There is a variety of food offered in Spetses, and you can experience both international and Greek cooking, which can be either fresh fish or meat based. Vegetarians will find a lot of the Greek dishes suitable for their diet, and everyone will enjoy a beer, or a glass of wine in one of the seaside bars. Finally, there are two open cinemas (no roof) operating during the summer for those needing to do some movie catch up.

Written by the owner of Property 412232 in Spetses, Greece

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                                                                                                      Stone arch villa is beautifully airy and spacious with great outdoor shaded areas

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                                                                                                      We loved our stay in this gorgeous villa..very light and well equipped with some fabulous outdoor seating areas ...cleverly designed to make the most of outdoor living though with ample shaded areas. Great pool and floodlit tennis court. Very well situated for the town of Porto Heli and its lovely harbour restaurants as well as stylish islands of Hydra and Spetses which were well worth day trips.Would thoroughly recommend. Very good service from owner and management team. The drive from Athens, though three hours, takes in some spectacular coastal and mountainous scenery but equally the boat would also be an opportunity to appreciate the stunning coastline.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Cozy, great view, family friendly and nicest host!

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                                                                                                      Our family stay in Spetses was as smooth and fun as planned. House was nice, clean and practical. Full of commodities and the best of views. Everything is close by and the bus stop is right in front of the house so you can go anywhere. It helps though if you rent a bike or an ATV in order to move around the island if you are bored to wait for the bus or if you don't have the energy to walk everywhere as there are many steps and uphills all around the island. There's a mini market very close to the house and his owner and family are very nice and accommodating. Beaches in the area are clean, quiet and have the best of waters. Spyros, our host was very accommodating, always reachable and helpful. Not only with matters of the house, but with his knowledge of the island. My family and me cannot recommend this property enough and can't wait to our next summer in Spetses!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Spectacular home!

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                                                                                                      From the minute you walk through the gate, you feel the serenity of this small complex of homes- from the stone walled courtyard to the beautiful pool, to the house itself- everything evohes beauty and good taste. The house is well appointed and looks just like the photos! It feels very Greek, very sophisticated. Situated at the end of Spetses called Palio Limani- the old harbor, where millionaires have built homes around authentic ship building yards, and yachts from all over sir moored, and where the best restaurants and clubs are located. Despite being near so much the house is very quiet. I recommend it very highly- and I'm an architect!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016