Natural beauty meets Neoclassical elegance

Rolling hills blanketed by pine forests, sheltered coves with sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters await you in Spetses. Fittingly, the Venetians named the island “spezia”—meaning spice—due to its position on a major spice route. Untouched by commercial development, today this jewel off the Peloponnesian coast is a favorite getaway for the elite of Athens, and it’s bound to become one of yours too. It’s not uncommon to see flashy yachts moored alongside authentic wooden fishing boats, and boisterous fisherman selling their fresh catch next to coffee-sipping socialites on the seaside promenade.

Cars are banned in the only town on the island, so the best ways to get around are horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, moped, or your own two feet. Almost everything in town is within easy walking distance, but for a little challenge that leads to some big views, head up to Kastelli. Overlooking town, it’s the first settlement on Spetses and is home to striking Byzantine-era architecture.

Take some time in town to explore the grand Neoclassical mansions lining narrow cobblestoned streets, grab a bite at an authentic taverna, or soak up the warmth of the Mediterranean on a nearby beach. Agios Mamas beach is nestled in the town center, or head to the west side of the island to relax on Aghioi Anargyroi beach and explore the enchanting Bekiris Cave.

This island hideaway embraces its natural beauty and naval history, and offers a unique blend of seclusion and spectacle that’s sure to have you saying “Opa!”

Bouboulina’s Museum

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Bouboulina’s Museum

Honoring the heroine that played a large role in the Greek War of Independence, the former home of naval commander Laksarina Bouboulina houses an ornate wood-carved Florentine ceiling, a unique collection of weapons, and fine furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos

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Monastery of Agios Nikolaos

A short walk from port, this former monastery includes a striking marble bell tower, and was the site where the island’s residents raised the revolutionary flag at the beginning of the War of Independence in 1821.

Agia Paraskevi Beach

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Agia Paraskevi Beach

Take a bus from town and head to one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. A dense pine forest provides plenty of shade, and sunbeds make for a relaxing retreat.

Spetses, Greece At a glance

Current Weather:
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11°C / 51 °F
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Fair (Day)
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Current Time:
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Saturday, November 25
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Currency:
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Exchange Rates:
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  • 0.87
  • 1.52
  • 75.18
  • 3.81
  • 22.28
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Local Details:
Size: 27.12 KM2 (10.47 MI2)
Population: 4,027
Density: 148 Pop/KM2 (57 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +30

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