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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

    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    Apartment #6497495
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    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
      Wonderful! 4.8/5
      (9 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Separate Toilet
      • Sleeps 5
      House #449596
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        • 3 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 6
        Villa #3712883
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          • 2 BR
          • 2 BA
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          House #8258700
            Exceptional! 5/5
            (5 reviews)
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            • 9 BR
            • 6 BA
            • Sleeps 16
            Villa #440677
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              • 5 BR
              • 5 BA
              • Sleeps 10
              Villa #4275713
                • 5 BR
                • 4 BA
                • Sleeps 9
                Villa #57617
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                  • 4 BR
                  • 3 BA
                  • Sleeps 8
                  Villa #1010782
                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Villa #6750603
                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                      • 4 BR
                      • 4 BA
                      • Sleeps 12
                      Villa #1225215
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 3
                        Apartment #1979949
                          Exceptional! 5/5
                          (15 reviews)
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                          • 7 BR
                          • 6 BA
                          • Sleeps 14
                          Villa #410658
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                          Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 4 BR
                            • 4 BA
                            • Sleeps 8
                            Villa #822160vb
                              • 3 BR
                              • 3 BA
                              • Sleeps 9
                              Villa #3725053
                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 4 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 9
                                Villa #4313147
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                                  • 5 BR
                                  • 5 BA
                                  • Sleeps 10
                                  Villa #4277426
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                                    • 6 BR
                                    • 3 BA
                                    • Sleeps 11
                                    Villa #4102606
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                                      • 5 BR
                                      • 4 BA
                                      • Sleeps 9
                                      Villa #4610678
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 5
                                        House #4262829
                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Apartment #1071201vb
                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 2
                                            Bungalow #1131945vb
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              Apartment #1131392vb
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                                                • 7 BR
                                                • 8 BA
                                                • Sleeps 16
                                                Villa #8282627
                                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                  House #6818733
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Apartment #3877907
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                      House #6817981
                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                        Apartment #8257562
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Apartment #8190882
                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            • 6 BR
                                                            • 4 BA
                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                            • Sleeps 12
                                                            Villa #6798874
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Apartment #1981401
                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                Apartment #1981397
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                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                  Apartment #1979932
                                                                  Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    Apartment #1979950
                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                      Apartment #1981400
                                                                        • 5 BR
                                                                        • 6 BA
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                                                                        Villa #8250935
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                          Apartment #1981396
                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 7 BR
                                                                            • 5 BA
                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                            • Sleeps 14
                                                                            Villa #1175445
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (6 reviews)
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                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 4 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 10
                                                                              Villa #894582
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Villa #1787754
                                                                                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                  (11 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                  House #6370343
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                                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    House #4226665
                                                                                    10
                                                                                    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                      (19 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 10
                                                                                      Villa #3527786
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                                                                                      Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                                        Apartment #4314761
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                                                                                        Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                          (9 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 8 BR
                                                                                          • 7 BA
                                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                                          • Sleeps 16
                                                                                          Villa #1203889
                                                                                          9
                                                                                          Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                            (5 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                                            Villa #3661031
                                                                                            5
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                                                                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                              (5 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 5 BR
                                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 9
                                                                                              House #384122
                                                                                              5
                                                                                              Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                                                (5 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Villa #14931
                                                                                                5
                                                                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Apartment #6123716
                                                                                                  4
                                                                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                    House #3969083
                                                                                                    3
                                                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                      (10 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                      Multiple rentals Villa #1328418
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                                                                                                      Spetses Villas - Self Catering Accommodation (300+)

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Oasis

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We arrived in very hot weather....45C. This house was like an oasis with a cool and completely private yard. Our hosts could not have been more hospitable providing us with a freshly made banquet of many different dishes. The fridges were stocked full of beer and wine. Nothing was lacking. The house is a short walk from the port and shops etc, though the streets of Ermioni are a genuine maze. There should be a prize for finding ones way round! Highly recommended.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Ideal holiday for family celebrations

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We were 10 in all (though the house would have comfortably taken more), aged from 4 to 80. And we came from all over the UK and US to celebrate significant birthdays and anniversaries occurring this summer. And we had a perfect week thanks to Alex and his team - especially Angela who prepared us two evening meals and a breakfast that were wonderful. The room layout allowed us to be in small family units when we wanted, but meet up easily in the many communal areas, both indoors and out. Our 4 year old loved the beach and the many areas he could run round in; our 80 year old loved the beach and the areas she could stroll round. The rest of us sailed, played tennis, sat in the sun or shade, chatted and snoozed to our hearts content!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 02, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017