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Spetsai

Martian Risk: slight in high season.

Spetsai is almost within earshot of the Argolid across the straits. Green and wooded, it has two ports, lots of restaurants (some rather good) and lovely sandy beaches in the west and south reached quickly by bus, hired scooter (no cars allowed) or a hike (with memorable views) over the spine of the island. The most notable beach is Anargyri on the south coast, whose wonderful long sands are backed by a few tavernas – don’t miss Tassos’s. Some years ago Spetsai saw a lot of Martians, but since the mass operators dropped their Athens charters decades ago the island has become Greek again – still busy in high season, but now with Athenians.

There are two harbours – the Dapia where the taxi boats to/from Kosta on the Argolid peninsula and the hydrofoils and classic ferries from Piraeus call; and the Old Harbour with its marina, waterfront restaurants and the island’s night life. All of which makes Spetsai a good choice for a [family] group of mixed ages and preferences. You can hire a car in Porto Cheli opposite and easily explore the mainland of the Argolid Peninsula. By regular hydrofoils you can make day trips to Hydra, Poros and Ermioni.

Spesai Harbour

View over Spetsai town and harbour

Spetsai

Spetsai's south coast at Anargyroi

The beach of Zogheria faces across the straits to Porto Cheli.

ACCOMMODATION

Villa Kalomira

Villa Good Destiny
An old town house beautifully converted by Yannis into about eight units. Nestling behind a tiny church and its encompassing cypresses, it's a few minutes' walk from the shops and the Old Harbour. The accommodation is well furnished and appointed; some rooms have a glimpse of the sea over the roofs, others open on to a large terrace and lower patio, ideal for quiet reading or al fresco meals.
Air-con throughout; S/C 2-7 pers.

Enquire about: flights + accom'n at Villa Kalomira , or accom'n only

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Hotel Nissia

Hotel Nissia
This is one of Greece's most luxurious establishments, yet it is only a few moments' walk from the Dappia. It is a cluster of purpose-built cottages in island style amongst flowery gardens round a huge swimming pool. The two-storey houses range from 40-140 sq.m. of floor space: some are studios occupying one floor, others are complete houses. Inside you find every comfort. The price includes breakfast, although your accommodation is fully equipped for cooking.


Air-con. throughout; S/C 2-8 pers

Enquire about: flights + accom'n at Hotel Nissia , or accom'n only

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Orloff Resort

 

This is a lovingly converted 19th century mansion consisting of a series of rooms and studios, furnished in style by the hospitable Orloff family, round the tree-shaded courtyard and swimming pool. It is just a short walk from the Old Harbour, but in a quiet area.

All rooms with air-con, fridge and balcony. B&B or s/c available.

Enquire about: flights + accom'n at Orloff Resort

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