|Colin Murison Small's|
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.
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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.
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