Tucked in the Saronic gulf, just 50 miles from the Greek capital, Spetses is an idyllic getaway with a carefree summer vibe, its tree-fringed coastline filled with charming bays and secluded coves. Once home to ship-owners and captains, the island carries its long nautical traditional with panache, the waterfront lined by sailboats and yachts combining a cosmopolitan flair with traditional charm. The waterfront is bordered by neoclassical mansions, some restored, others scarred by the passing of time.
The elegance of the architecture and the island’s glorious past are evident in its modern way of life. There are no construction monstrosities – newer houses are built to respect the local traditional architecture. The nightlife is buzzy, but there is no excess of debauchery – something that often tarnishes some of the most popular Mediterranean destinations.
On weekends, Athenian weekenders join the fun-loving crowd of locals, yachters and in-the-know tourists who flock to the port’s cheerful cafes, watching the coming and going of yachts, water-taxis and horse-carriages. As the day turns into night, everyone descends on the waterfront joints, strolling happily from bar to bar, sipping cocktails, chatting and enjoying the music.