Spetses was our first introduction to the Greek Islands….and what an introduction it was!
Though it did not completely conform to the images I had of these islands….there were not many square white houses, but blue doors covered with rambling pink bougainvillea reminded me I was in the Greek islands.
We hired quad bikes and explored the island finding beaches to return to day after day, we cruised around the island with Blue…a local boat owner who took us to isolated bays. We sat in beachside cafes feasting on fresh fish and local delicacies and at night when the town sprung to life, we joined everyone at the waterside restaurants. Lazy days…relaxing with friends….the perfect start to our Greek island holiday!

Spetses doorway
Blue doors and bougainvillea…

Spetses street
A street in Spetses

Old shop signs in Spetses
Old shop signs in Spetses

Old waterfront house in Spetses
I’d love this old house right on the waterfront with its faded facade!

A greek church  Spetses
A greek church…..for me one of the iconic photos of Greece!

The old boat harbour in Spetses
The old boat harbour

Blue...our boatman and guide for a day around the island
Blue…our boatman and guide for a day around the island

Relaxing in the shade of a church
Churches can always be found in the best position!

Beautiful clear water in Spetses
The water really was this colour!

Xylokeriza Beach, Spetses
One of our favourite beaches…Xylokeriza Beach

Kaiki Beach, Spetses
Kaiki Beach

Paradise Beach Club, Spetses
The beach club at Paradise Beach

The food was wonderful…I had my first authentic Greek salad in Spetses
Greek Salad
Greek Salad

…and ate delicious food.
Feta filled aubergine rolls with tomato and cheese
Feta filled aubergine rolls with tomato and cheese

Rice filled tomatoes at Paradise Beach
Delicious rice filled tomatoes

I also became addicted to orange cake!
Orange cake in Spetses
Orange cake

Spetses is a favourite island for Athenians as it is close to the mainland.  It only takes 2 hours to drive to Kosta on the mainland from where you take a taxi boat to Spetses. This is one way you could get there but for us it was a 2.5 hour ferry ride on the Flying sardine can Dolphin from Piraeus!
We loved Spetses. You will too if you want to escape mass tourism, love heading to the beach each day and do not need a raucous night life to keep you entertained!
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Have you been to Spetses? What did you love about your time here?
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