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