Hidden Gems

Soak up the sumptuous charm of Spetses when you sail the Greek islands

By Jenny Wilson
on  September 24, 2016

There are a huge variety of destinations to explore when you sail the Greek islands, from ancient historical sites to sun-drenched beaches. If you want to indulge yourself in a laidback yet luxurious stop-off, head for the stunning island of Spetses.

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This island was given its name, which means ‘spice’, by the Venetians due to its location on the maritime trading routes. This position also meant that Spetses played a tactically significant role in the Greek War of Independence and reminders of local heroine Bouboulina’s role in this skirmish can be seen all over the island. Today the island is a peaceful one, with its idyllic scenery and tranquil pace making it the perfect setting for a relaxing break.

Spetses is a popular haunt for affluent Athenians escaping from the summer heat of the city to their hillside villas. The port of Dapia is elegant and fashionable and the many whitewashed buildings and boutiques lend it an air reminiscent of southern France. There are plenty of smart restaurants and bars by the waterside where you can watch the world go by. As in many other towns in Greece, cars are prohibited, minimising noise and pollution and maximising the holiday feel of this port.

Further afield are plenty of typically Greek villages to explore, including the charming Kastelli. Hire a moped to discover tiny local stone churches or discreetly secluded pine-fringed beaches. The perfect combination of laidback Greek charm and smart luxury, Spetses is an island not to be missed.

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