Spetses is both cursed and blessed by its assets; being too pretty and too accessible have made it too popular. The last of the Argo-Saronic islands that include Aigina, Poros and Hydra off the northeast coast of the Peloponnesos, Spetses was so green in antiquity that it was called Pityoussa – covered with pines. Cruel winds rarely buffet it, yet every midday in summer a delicious breeze springs up to cool it.
Although it has to import water, bougainvillea, hibiscus, plumbago, jasmine and trumpet vines thrive in the mild climate, spangling white walls with pink, mauve, red, baby blue and orange petals. Handsome mansions dominate the seafront between the Old Harbor (Paliolimani) and ∏-shaped Dapia, where sea taxis and kaikis huddle under cannons left from the War of Independence. Adjoining the modern jetty, where the hydrofoils dock, stands an ochre elephant of a hotel – the grand Posidonion Hotel, where Athenian gentry holidayed a century ago.
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How to get to Spetses
There is daily ferry to Spetses from Piraeus port, the main port of Athens.
The ferry to Spetses from Athens takes about 2 hours and also stops in other ports of the Saronic Gulf, such as Hydra, Ermioni, Poros and Porto Heli.
The ferry to Spetses can be either hydrofoil or catamaran in type. In general, there are ferries from Spetses to: Piraeus, Poros island, Ermioni, Hydra island and Porto Heli.
Informations : Piraeus Port Authority, tel.: 210 4226000-4, 210 4125155, 210 4119164, 210 4137676
If you have a car, you can go to Kosta in Peloponnese (close to Porto Heli) and take a boat from there.
There are boats every 20 min and the trip from Kosta to Spetses takes about 10 minutes.