This month our focus is on the beautiful island of Spetses in the Saronic group of islands.Â Easily accessible by hydrofoil from the Athens port of Pireaus, Spetses exudes charm and a certain exclusivity. There is a ban on cars on the island which is a true blessing, especially in high season.Â Horse-drawn carriages are the main form of transport and the Neo Classical architecture of the town just adds to its natural beauty.Â The ambiance of wealth and sophistication begins from its long maritime history, and it has become a favourite island among ship owners and well to do Athenians.Â Spestses is an island where mega yachts rub moorings with local â€˜caiqueâ€™ fishing boats, and jet setters mingle with locals in waterfront tavernas watching the world go by.Â There are two sides to life on Spetses for the visitor - one can dine at the traditional Greek taverna, or choose from one of the chic upscale restaurants serving European and Modern Greek cuisine where you might even be seated next to a film star or other famous personality. For daytime venturing, water taxis are used as the primary transportation along the island so even getting to the beach is enjoyable. Pine covered hillsides give way to crystal clear waters and secluded sandy coves.Â A hired motor boat is a great way to explore the coastline and find your own secluded little bay for the day. Spetses is also a great jumping off point for exploring the other Saronic islands as well as the Peloponnese. Hydra and Aegina are reachable by hydrofoil and the Peloponnese is just 5 minutes across the bay by water taxi.Â Then, within an easy drive are the significant archeological sites of Epidavros and Mycenae.Â The lovely town of Nafplion with its rich history and medieval castle perched above the town is well worth a visit too. We can help to arrange car hire or a guided tour for you. [gallery ids="412,410,408,411,405,404,406,407,409"] For those travelling to Spetses, or any Saronic island â€“ Pretty Greek Villas can help to organize your transportation from airport to port for your boat departure.Â Keep in mind that there is a second way to travel to Spetses from the Peloponnese, just in case your flight and boat schedules do not match ideally.Â A drive of approx. 2 hours takes you to the southern Peloponnese and a short water taxi ride lands you squarely at your destination.
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