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Spetses Town

Spetses town is quite extensive from north to south, and not as densely built as other typical Greek island capitals. The small boats are sea taxis.

Either from Piraeus or from Kosta, you will arrive at Dapia Port, which is more or less located at the center of the town.

Below is the Dapia port. On the left end is the ferry “Katerina Star” connecting Kosta and Spetses.

Dapia Port, Spetses

Dapia Port, Spetses

If you have large luggage, you can take taxi or horse carriage from Dapia.

Price of Horse Carriage (2014)

Price of Horse Carriage (2014)

Most of the hotels are around Dapia port, but some – like Spetses Hotel or Orloff Resort – are distant. You would like a transportation, if your luggage isn’t particularly small.

There are some points that you can swim inside the town, like Agios Mamas Beach (also known as Mama’s Beach). Kaiki or Scholes Beach is also in walking distance.

Agios Mamas Beach, Spetses

Agios Mamas Beach, Spetses

If you want to go to distant beaches, options are KTEL bus, rental bike, rental buggy, or taxi boat. You can use bicycle, but it is pretty exhausting and time consuming, if you want to go to the other side of the island (but Vrellos or Ag. Marina are well reachable).

The bus to Scholes/Kaiki Beach, Ligoneri and Vrellos Beach leaves from the square in front of Poseidonio Hotel and the bus to Ag. Anargyrii and Ag. Paraskevi leaves from Ag. Mamas.

If you are interested in visiting the Museum of Bouboulina (her Mansion), it is very close to Dapia Port. Find a sign board like this to check out the visiting hours.

Bouboulina Museum

Bouboulina Museum

You can enter only at particular time with guide. But if you are in a largish group of friends of family, they might arrange a tour for you. Entrance is 6 Euro (in 2014).

The restaurants in Spetses are located mostly along the coastline. However, if you are interested in fastfood like pizza, crepe, burger or souvlaki, you’d want to visit the Clock Square in the centre of town. Generally speaking, the restaurants are expensive in Spetses; better be prepared.

Clock Square, Spetses

Clock Square, Spetses

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Spetses Town

Spetses

Spetses, ancient Pityoussa, is a small island with rich vegetation.

Spetses

Spetses

Together with Hydra, the island is famous for its contribution to the Greek War of Independence. Many rich maritime marchants of the island – including the millionaire woman fighter Bouboulina – used their means and ships to fight against the Ottomans.

Now the island is a resort attracting visitors from Athens and Peloponnese as well as from abroad.

 HOW TO GET THERE
Spetses is the most distant of the 4 main Saronic Islands from Athens. From Piraeus by high speed boats – Flying Dolphins and Flying Cats – it takes about 2 hours. One way ticket costs 35 euros (in summer 2014). It is also possible to reach by combination of car/bus and ferry: there are ferry, boat, and sea taxi from the port called Kosta in Peloponnese (it takes about 15 minutes), costing 1.50 Euro, 2 Euro and 20 Euro (sea taxi price is per boat) respectively. KTEL bus goes to Kosta from Athens. By car from Athens to Kosta, expect 2.5 to 3 hours. 

Spetses Town Seen from Distance

Spetses Town Seen from Distance

 

Spetses Town is unexpectedly ‘extended’. Now the boats from Athens arrive at Dapia Harbour, around which there are many hotels and pensions. To the other end of the town is Old Harbour quarter where there are old buildings and some restaurants. 

Hybiscus

Hybiscus

TRANSPORTATION
Old guidebooks might tell you that there is no car in Spetses. It does not hold true any more. At the port, four transports are available. 1) taxi rank is on the quay, 2) taxi boats are in Dapia port – which you can see in the top photo – , 3) horse-carriges are also around the port, 4) bus stop is also on the Dapia port. Otherwise, you can rent a car or bike from one of many shops and offices near Dapia port.

Taxi boats are pretty expensive, as you have to hire one entire boat and there is no ticket system. It costs, for example, €30 (in 2010) to Agia Marina Beach, which is just behind the Old Harbour. However, if you are in a big group, you might not mind so much.

 

Spetses

Spetses Town

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