White sandy beaches, turquoise coves and elegant Venetian architecture make Spetses one of the most coveted islands in Greece. In Spetses Town, you’ll be charmed by narrow flagstone streets lined with cafes, boutiques and galleries. Venture inland to discover rolling hills and lush pine forests.
Things to do in Spetses
Pulling into the harbour, you’ll be enchanted by the crystalline water and postcard-perfect village. Most of the action is centred around Spetses Town, a lively enclave filled with cafes, restaurants and seafood taverns. Stroll through the backstreets to admire beautifully restored Venetian mansions.
With more than a dozen beaches to explore, it’s easy to get a fix of sun, sand and saltwater in Spetses. Town Beach is dotted with colourful sunbeds and umbrellas while secluded Agia Paraskevi Beach is perched on the western side of the island and features soft sand and water so clear you can spot fish swimming in the shallows.
Waterfront dining is a highlight in Spetses, with many restaurants commanding stunning views over the harbour. Dine on Mediterranean classics and freshly-caught seafood, then wash down your meal with a glass of wine from a Greek vineyard. For dessert, indulge in a scoop of small-batch gelato.
Spetses is criss-crossed with footpaths that wind across the island and take you to picturesque villages, historic chapels and hilltop viewpoints. Others lead to secret beaches where you can cool off after a hot hike.
Getting around Spetses
Spetses Town is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Horse-drawn carriages are a novel way to get from A to B, while a single road circles the island and can be explored by motorcycle, scooter, taxi or local bus. Ferries run between Spetses and Athens in around three hours and also travel to nearby islands such as Poros, Hydra, Ermioni and Porto Heli.