Wander | The Greek Isle of Spetses
written by StyleXplorers, Emily
Spetses is a small, 27km²/10.5sq mi, island in the Saronic Gulf. Also part of the Municipality of Spetses are the islands of Spetsopoula (population 11) and Velopoula (uninhabited).
The island was first inhabited around 2300B.C. and is covered in dense vegetation of pine trees. Spetses’ green roots are traceable in its ancient name, Pityousa meaning ‘pine-clad’ and its current name that originates from the name the Venetians gave it, ‘Isola de Spezie’ which means ‘fragrant island’ because of the many herbs that grew on its mountains. Arriving at the island is easy by sea from Piraeus (2 hours with the fast and 4 hours with the regular boat) or from the Peloponnesos (2.30 hours drive from Athens, 15 minutes water taxi).
The capital and the harbor of the island, Dapia, is known for its charming setting of picturesque neo-classical mansions with wooden balconies and pebble roads with horse-drawn carriages. With a ban on all use of private cars, the best way to get around is by foot, boat, bike, or horse carriage.
Visit the Bekiris Cave, close to Agioi Anargyri beach, which was a hiding place for ammunition during the War of Independence. Now it is a winter shelter for a small group of the Mediterranean Seals.
With many merchant ships and wealthy captains, Spetses is since history a cosmopolitan and luxurious island, nowadays the favorite resort of the rich Athenians and great personalities such as Melina Merkouri, Stavros Niarchos, Jackie Onassis, Odysseas Elytis and Prince Nikolaos and Tatiana Blatnik who got married in Aghios Nikolaos church in Spetses in the summer of 2010.
Who wouldn’t want to say “I Do” on such a romantic and idyllic island!
Where to Stay Where to Eat
Poseidonion Grand Hotel (the 1st picture above)
- beautifully renovated French/Italian Riviera style
- known for good food reasonably priced
- overlooking the sea
- live music
- on the waterfront of the Old Harbor
- great ambiance
Let us know if you go! Would love to see your photos too.