The Greek Island of Spetses is a popular holiday destination
for many people; this small pine forested island has attracted tourists for several years. The island people are friendly it is a good place to choose if you want to relax and unwind.
The main town is called Spetses, sometimes also called Dapia after the name of the port. Spetses was the island where British author John Fowles once lived and he used the island as a milieu for his popular novel The Magus.
The island is hilly not mountainous and has many pretty coves to explore, you can catch a bus to your chosen destination or better still explore on foot. You may prefer to hire a moped and with your own transport explore the island at your leisure, find a secluded cove and enjoy some swimming and relaxation free from the holiday crowds! Cars are prohibited on the island although homeowners can bring their cars on to the island; they are not permitted to use them within the town limits.
There are both sand and pebble beaches on Spetses and you will find watersports available on some of the main beaches, there are also some great snorkelling opportunities on the island. If you head two kilometres south-east of Dapia along the coast you will come to the resort of Agia Marina where there are various watersports on offer as well as cafes, bars and nightclubs, it is one of the islands popular beaches.
If you prefer something more tranquil try Xylokériza a picturesque beach made of smooth white stones in a sheltered bay where you can hire a bed and a shade, relax, or swim in the clear blue waters. There are several beach areas around the waterfront in and around the town. Water taxis and caiques leave Dapia harbour every day in the summer months ferrying visitors to the most popular beaches.
A short distance along the coast from the town you will find one of the most beautiful coves on Spetses, Agia Paraskeví, a beautiful place
to spend some time, watersports are available here in the summer months. The beautiful Agio Anargri beach attracts many holiday makers, on the south of the island approximately ten kilometres from the port. It is the largest stretch of fine sandy beach on the island. It is also the most developed! Watersports on offer here include canoeing, windsurfing and water skiing, due to its popularity the beach does get crowded in the high season. Buses leave Spetses town regularly in the main tourist season to Agio Anargri.
Spetses town has winding streets, colourful courtyards and gardens plus many fine mansion houses. The mansion of Lascarina Bouboulina the famous female admiral is well worth visiting, now a private museum open to the public, guided tours are given daily in English.
The other museum is housed in a magnificent mansion built in 1795 and may be of interest among its exhibits is a fine collection of ships’ figureheads.
Another interesting visitor attraction you might like to visit is the Agios Nicholaos monastery which is situated just outside the town and is open to visitors.
As you explore the town you will find many places to eat and drink, the restaurants serve mainly Greek food but you can find international options also. Food and drink is a little more expensive in Spetses Town than in some of the other places on the island.