Saronic Islands

Spetses with its pine-cloaked hills, secluded covers and splendid harbour lined with neo-classical building combines an idyllic retreat with sophisticated nightlife. Spetses is a perfect place for exploring the other very diverse islands of the Saronic group and the Peloponnese mainland.


The Pretty Good Guide

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  • to-do
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  • transport to greece
  • transport in greece
  • boat hire

Destination Tour

Spetses with its pine-cloaked hills, secluded covers and splendid harbour lined with neo-classical building combines an idyllic retreat with sophisticated nightlife. Spetses is a perfect place for exploring the other very diverse islands of the Saronic group and the Peloponnese mainland.

Pretty good recommendations

Patralis Fish Restaurant


Excellent and reasonably priced. They do a particularly fine lobster spaghetti. For villas local to Kounoupitsa, they will deliver.

Tel: (+30) 2298 075380



Akrogialia Taverna


Right next to the Kounoupitsa Jetty/Pier, Akrogialia serves traditional Greek food. Specializing in fresh fish. Famous for their fried anchovies, (Gavros) and Red Mullet (Barbounia). A great experience eating simple fare whilst dangling your feet in the sea.

Tel: (+30) 2298 074749



Orloff Restaurant

Old Harbour Spetses

Also known as Byzantino, is a classical building where the island's fist port authority was housed in 1802;
houses the "ORLOFF" Restaurant since 1991. It is located on a great position on the corner of the road to Dapia. It’s a very trendy restaurant, modern take on Greek cuisine, beautifully presented and tasty dishes

Tel: (+30) 2298 075255




On the Verandah Restaurant


This is the main restaurant of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel located on the large verandah overlooking the sea round the corner from the main harbour. International cuisine from an award-winning chef. Dazzling dishes but be prepared for high prices too.

Tel: (+30) 2298 074553




Bikini Cocktails & Snacks

Old Harbour Spetses

Amazing cocktails and snacks. Opened in 2013 in the Old Port, almost in the sea, it has been the hangout of many celebrities ever since.

Tel: (+30) 2298 074345
(+30) 2298 074888



Nero tis Agapis


Nero tis Agapis means water of love. A beautiful setting and atmosphere just above the sea, it Is an expensive restaurant but offers unique dishes and great service.

'Our mouth-watering dishes are a result of our long standing experience and expertise in the world of fishing and the wide selection of fresh fish we catch every day with our family fishing boat.

A big variety of mediterranean dishes is offered based on fish, olive oil, fresh pasta and vegetables of high quality straight from our garden.'

Tel: (+30) 2298 074009




Tarsanas Restaurant

Old Harbour Spetses

Situated in the Old Harbour Tarsanas has taken its theme from the nautical heritage of the island. The stairs are supported by the framework of an old woooden boat. The restaurant is charming and very colourfully decorated. Many regard this taverna and Patralis as the best fish tavernas on the island. They also do an excellent lobster spaghetti. Really nice staff and good service.

Tel: (+30) 2298 074490




Old Harbour Spetses

A must visit in the island for excellent homemade pizzas just next to the Old Habour.

Tel: (+30) 2298 074486




Freud Oriental


Sushi with fresh fish. It’s part of the Poseidonion Hotel so it is very expensive but many declare worth it!

Tel: (+30) 210 7299595
Mob: (+30) 694 5855718



Throubi Bar

Old Harbour Spetses

Delicious fruit cocktails and a great atmosphere right next to the Old Harbour.

Mob: (+30) 694 8957398



Prima Spetses


Traditional Greek food. Good value in an awesome setting. Eating calamari and a greek salad whilst cooling your feet in the sea.

Tel: (+30) 2298 072888



Exedra (Sioras)

Old Harbour Spetses

Located in the Old Harbour. Also an excellent fish restaurant offering lots of variety. Also known as Sioras tavern from the name of the owner. One of the oldest taverns in Spetses. You will be served on an amazing wooden platform right on the Old Harbour

Tel: (+30) 2298 073497




Kapelogiannis Tavern

Old Harbour Spetses

One of the classical choices to taste excellent mezes (little dishes to go with ouzo or wine) while chatting and watching the traditional Greek boats sailing peacefully in and out of the Old Harbour.

Tel: (+30) 2298 075123




Spetsa Bar

Agios Mamas

A small but very cool bar where you can listen to music from the 60's and 70's. Costas the owner seems to be the soul of the place.

Tel: (+30) 2298 074131



Keep an eye out for our trusted mark in the windows of restaurants, bars and tarvenas. This sticker reveals places we highly recommend, so you dont miss out on any local secrets.

Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do


Ride with a horse drawn cart (Amaxa)

These operate at a reasonable fixed rate and can be picked up outside Mourayio restaurant in the Old Harbour, and in Posedonion Square in Dapia (the main town of the island) and sometimes at Aghia Marina beach.
They can also be ordered by phone from the amaxa stations on
(+30) 2298 073170 (Dapia) and
(+30) 2298 073171 (Old Harbour)


Bike ride

If you have pre-booked additional bike hire with us, it will be with Lambros. His shop is called ‘HONDA’ and it is located in Dapia. Fromthe main harbour, walk up the road to Aghias Mammas beach at the top. You will see a kiosk next to the beach selling cigarettes, sweets and newspapers as well as the National Bank of Greece. Opposite is the bike hire shop.

Tel: (+30) 2298 072335 or
Mob: (+30) 693 2330114


Day out to Hydra

No motorcars allowed so on the island transport is by foot, donkey and water
taxi. Hydra has a wonderful marble horse-shoe shaped harbour lined with neo-classical
mansions which are now up-market tavernas, bars, cafes and shops. The interior of the
island is still very traditional with white-washed houses, narrow crooked stone paths and
lots of monasteries and churches. Hydra does not have beaches but there are plenty of
small rocky coves for swimming. The Flying Cat departs from Spetses and arrives on Hydra 45 mins later.

Day out to Aegina

AEGINA is one of the few islands that still embodies all that Greeks find attractive in their own country. Simple tavernas shaded by vines serving excellent fish; fruit and veg being sold from little boats in the harbour; great coffee shops and delicatessans. This was the island where Kazantzakis wrote Zorba the Greek. The beauty of Aegina is accented by its famous pistachio groves stretching down to the azure sea. In the summer, when the Epidavros Festival (opera, classical theatre-both Greek and foreign such as Shakespeare dance etc) is in full swing (see Peloponnese), there is a boat service every evening from Aegina to Epidavros for festival goers. To reach Aegina, you need to go back to Pireaus port and catch a ferry.


Day out to Angistri

Angistri is the smaller, neighbouring island to Aegina. Once away from the main harbour, this island is an undiscovered little gem with pretty coves and fragrant pine forests. It is a walker’s paradise in Spring 

Water taxis

These take up to 12 people and go all the way around the island and across to the Peloponnese.
We recommend Costas Thimaras and he speaks good English
Mob: (+30) 694 4548183


Day out to Peloponnese mainland

From Spetses, you can easily get onto the Peloponnese mainland. It takes about 10 mins from the harbour of Spetses to Porto Heli in the Peloponnese, or you can take a water taxi from Spetses across to Kosta harbour. If we know in advance, we can
organize a hire car to be waiting for you at either Porto Heli or Kosta harbour, or we can arrange for a car with driver to take you to visit some of the ancient sites of the Peloponnese including MYCENAE, EPIDAVROS and ANCIENT CORINTH. If you go
to the Peloponnese, it is wel l worth making a visit to the very beautiful neo-classical and Venetian town of NAFPLION which has a lovely harbour, an excellent archaeological museum, and a Venetian fort to visit. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful towns of Greece with a marble piazza surrounded by 18th and 19th Century buildings, excellent restaurants and some interesting artistic shops 

Pretty useful phone numbers


Pretty Greek Villas:
(+30) 2696 061414 or (+30) 211 780 3203

Taxis and Luggage Porters:
Generally we use Mihalis or Antonis as our taxi drivers. They have a Silver Skoda taxi with licence plate 1320.
Mob: (+30) 694 6853253.
The luggage porter we use is Yiannis (truck is named ‘Hermes’). Mob: (+30) 697 3838008





Dr Tsakiridis:
Surgery: (+30) 2298 072201.
Mob: (+30) 694 4991195.

Tel: (+30) 2298 072858
(+30) 2298 072480
Located in the main harbour of Dapia.

Kranidi Health Centre:
Tel: (+30) 2754 022222.
Located on the mainland about a 25 min drive from Kosta Harbour.
This is the main medical centre of the area and it does have excellent doctors




Emergency Call:



Doctors SOS:

Road Assistance:
10400 (ELPA)

Pretty important


Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.


In this area the tap water is drinkable. Since water is scarce in the summer in Greece, please use only what you need.


 If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.


Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.


Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away.


All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away. 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.


Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday toSaturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.

Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs.

However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.

Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini - markets tend to be open every day


Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.

If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit.  Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.


Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors.


Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

Transport to greece

Three good websites for flights from the UK are


For non-UK flights, a good website is

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.



Since cars on Spetses are prohibited, there are two ways to get to the island:

Fly to Athens and then take a Flying Dolphin (hydrofoil) or High Speed Cat (catamaran) from Piraeus
Fly to Athens and then take a taxi transfer to the port of Kosta followed by water taxi to Spetses


Transport in greece

Athens Airport to Pireaus Port

In order to get from Athens Airport to Piraeus ferry port by taxi.

Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver, please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203

Type of Taxi


Athens Taxi (up to 4 passengers)


Luxury Car 1-3 passengers


Luxury Mini-Van up to 8 passengers


Luxury Mini-Bus up to 14 passengers


Luxury Mini-Bus up to 21 passengers


Coach up to 40 passengers



Athens Airport to Kosta - Porto Heli Port

Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer or a mini-bus on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver, please call our emergency number +30 211 780 3203

Type of Taxi


Athens Taxi (up to 4 passengers)


Luxury Car (up to 3 passengers)


Luxury Mini-Van (up to 8 passengers)


Luxury Mini-Bus (up to 14 passengers)


Luxury Mini-Bus (up to 21 passengers)


 The driving route can be seen on the map below:


Athens Airport to Pireaus Port

Athens Airport has a station, you can see it in the map below. The blue and red walking routes converge at the station.
The blue walking route leads from arrival point B and the red from arrival point A. You can buy rail tickets in the airport station

Two different rail services run from Athens Airport to Piraeus. The first is the Athens Metro, the second is the Proastiakos ‘Suburban’ railway. We have marked the Metro route in green and the Proastiakos route in Yellow.
The Metro is the one you would need

The Metro is available between 06:30 in the morning till 23:30 in the evening. It leaves from Athens Airport metro station every 30 minutes. You need to change at Monastiraki

Departure times:

06:33, 07:03, 07:33, 08:03, 08:33, 09:03, 09:33, 10:03, 10:33, 11:03,
11:33, 12:03, 12:33, 13:03, 13:33, 14:03, 14:33, 15:03, 15:33, 16:03,
16:33, 17:03, 17:33, 18:03, 18:33, 19:03, 19:33, 20:03, 20:33, 21:03, 21:33, 22:03, 22:33, 23:03, 23:33

The trip from Athens Airport to Monastiraki takes 40 minutes. From Monastiraki to Pireaus port it is another 30 mins.
There are different types of tickets

Ticket for one person (one - way): 10 Euro
Ticket for one person (with return): 14 Euro
Ticket for 2 persons (one - way only): 18 Euro
Ticket for 3 persons (one - way only): 24 Euro
Reduced ticket (students age 25-, age 6 -18, age 65+): 20 Euro
Children up to 6 years old: Free


Take the blue metro line in the direction of Egaleo and change at Monastiraki. From Monastiraki you need to take the green line electric railway to Piraeus

Once you arrive in Piraeus you will need to walk the green route below from the station to the Hellenic Seaways ticket office located inside the port opposite where the catamarans leave for the Saronic Gulf and Spetses




Athens Airport to Pireaus Port

There is an airport bus to Pireaus (X96). It leaves from outside the Airport Arrivals Hall (between doors 4 - 5) and drops you
outside the port gate where the ferries leave for Spetses. It runs every 20 mins during the day and every 40 mins at night,
and takes about 1 hour. Euro 6.00 per adult

Take a Flying Dolphin (Hydrofoil) or High Speed Cat (Catamaran) from Piraeus Port to Spetses

Journey time from Pireaus to Spetses is approx 2 hrs

All information regarding ferry timetables and bookings can be seen on the following website. Please note that timetables are published from around the beginning of May each year.


Take a Water Taxi from the Port of Kosta to Spetses

From Kosta there are various boats which depart for Spetses island. The quickest way to reach Spetses would be to catch a fast water taxi, direct to the Dapia harbour

Once you arrive in Kosta you will be escorted by the driver to a water taxi which we will have pre-booked and this will take you to the nearest drop off point to your villa.
The water taxis can take up to 10 passengers and the prices are as follows:

Kosta – Spetses main harbour (Dappia) €25
Kosta - Old Harbour €30
Kosta - Kounoupitsa €30


Cars are prohibited on Spetses island

Recommend boat hire

Please reserve your boat hire through the 'Manage Your Booking' section to our website. If you require your access codes, please contact one of the PGV team.

Boat Hire with Skipper

If you would like to book a boat trip again whilst on holiday, you can arrange directly with John the skipper
or call us on (+30) 211 7803203.
The boat trip with skipper is Euro 450 for a trip around local bays. Further afield is possible but there may be an extra charge for fuel.



Caique Boat with Skipper

We can arrange a day out with Skipper Jayne from Kosta Harbour near Porto Heli on a beautifully renovated, traditional wooden caique boat. Euro 400/day for up to 12 passengers. To make your reservation, please complete the Special Requests box on your arrival form.