Lying in the Saronic Gulf in Greece, very close to Peloponnese, Spetses island is a small island with rich historical background. It is today as a glamorous destination with many beautiful mansions.
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Ferries to Spetses depart from Piraeus port (in Athens). A ferry ticket to Spetses costs about '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros) for a standard seat. The ferry trip from Athens to Spetses lasts for 3 hours. Spetses island is directly connected by ferry with Hydra, Poros, Ermioni and Porto Heli.
Ferry Schedules to Spetses
Ferries to Spetses from Athens and the islands of the Saronic Gulf operate all year round, but the routes are more frequent during the summer.
Ferry to Spetses from Athens (Piraeus)
Ferries from Athens to Spetses depart from Piraeus port all year round, but there are more ferries to Spetses during the summer. There are at least 3-4 daily ferries to Spetses in the peak season.
How long is the ferry trip from Athens to Spetses? The ferry trip from Athens (Piraeus) to Spetses lasts for about 3 hours.
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Ferry to Spetses from Hydra
Ferries from Hydra to Spetses operate at least 3-4 times a day in the peak season. The ferry trip from Hydra to Spetses lasts for 40 minutes -1 hour and the cost of the ferry ticket is '11' 'EUR' (11 Euros).
Ferry to Spetses from Poros
In the summer, there are at least 3-4 ferry connections between Poros and Spetses every day. The journey from Poros to Spetses lasts for 1.5-2 hours and the cost of the ferry ticket is '16' 'EUR (16 Euros).
Ferry to Spetses from Porto Heli
There are usually 3 ferry connections between Porto Heli and Spetses every day. The duration of the journey is just 10 minutes and the cost of the ferry ticket is '6' 'EUR' (6 Euros). Note that there are also taxi boats available on demand.
What types of ferries travel to/from Spetses?
The types of ferries that travel to Spetses are high-speed ferries and dolphins. The main ferry company that serves this itinerary is Blue Star Ferries.
Island hopping from Spetses
The most popular island-hopping itineraries from Spetses are from Spetses to Hydra and from Spetses to Poros.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Apart from Piraeus, Spetses is also connected to Costa, a small port near Porto Heli. This port is a better option if you’re planning to travel to Spetses from Peloponnese.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Spetses is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Spetses to Athens.
- Spetses is a good base for island-hopping to the Saronic islands.
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INFORMATION ABOUT SPETSES
Lying in the Saronic Gulf, very close to Peloponnese, Spetses is a small island with rich historical background. Although Spetses has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, it is mostly famous for its modern history. In the ancient and Byzantine times, it had no special development. In the Medieval times, as it would frequently face the danger of pirates, it set up a strong fleet for the protection of the island.
Since then, the economic and cultural growth of Spetses followed. Local ships would sail the Greek and the Mediterranean seas and would deal mostly with merchandise. Economic wealth was followed by a cultural flourish as many elegant mansions were built, schools opened and arts developed. When time came, though, the locals didn't hesitate and contributed with all their powers in the Greek War of Independence (1821). Merchant ships were turned into war ships, sailors became fighters and many heroes emerged.
The most famous Greek from Spetses is a woman, Lascarina Bouboulina, who contributed with all her fleet and fortune in the revolution against the Ottomans. Her house has been preserved today and turned into a museum. It includes her personal items and exhibits from the Greek Revolution.
The most picturesque spot of Spetses today is the new port, or else Dapia as the locals call it. This harbor is lovely, with people strolling around in the day or having a drink in the cafeterias in the evening with view to the dark fishing boats. Generally, the town of Spetses keeps its traditional vibe with the old mansions, the lovely parks and the paved streets. The remarkable thing to mention is that vehicles are not allowed inside Spetses Town, transportation can be done by bicycle or motorbike, while there are also some horse carriages.
Beaches on Spetses can be reached by boat, bus or on foot. All beaches have crystal water. Some are sandy and others are pebbled. Spetses is also famous for the Armata Festival that is held on September to commemorate the destruction of the Turkish fleet by the locals during the Greek Revolution. This festival includes the explosion of a wooden ship and a lot of fireworks, which make the feast very impressive.
Why visit Spetses?
Hop on a ferry from Athens to Spetses for aristocratic architecture, discreet glamour, peaceful atmosphere, rich history, and culture!
- Cars are not allowed in Spetses. The only ways to move around are on foot, by bike, and by horse carriage.
- The most famous woman in Spetses was Lascarina Bouboulina, a female war hero of the Greek War of Independence (1821).
- Dapia is the most picturesque spot in Spetses.
- The most popular festival in Spetses is the Armata festival, which is organized every September.
The best season to visit Spetses
June to September is the best time to visit Spetses if you want to enjoy the warm weather and take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the island’s beaches!
Is Spetses for you?
If you’re searching for a picturesque island near Athens or a base for island-hopping to the Saronic islands, Spetses is one of your best options! Also, Spetses is an amazing destination for architecture enthusiasts, as it has many historical buildings.
Sightseeing in Spetses
Spetses has a long history and tradition, so there are many interesting places for sightseeing. Some of the best places to visit in Spetses are the Old harbor, the Lighthouse, Spetses Museum, Bouboulina Museum, Anargyrios school, and the Cave of Bekiris.
More about Spetses
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About Spetses Port
Connected ports to Spetses
Athens, Piraeus - Hermioni - Hydra - Poros - Porto Heli
The commercial port of Spetses is Dapia. This is where hydrofoils arrive from Piraeus, Hydra, Porto Heli and Ermioni.
Cars except for taxis, are not allowed in Spetses Town, so the most popular way to get around is on foot. Alternatively, you can rent a bike or hire a horse carriage. For longer distances, there are buses that depart from Agios Mamas, in a walking distance from Dapia, and connect the town to many beaches, like Vrellos, Agia Paraskevi or Agioi Anargyroi.