Spetses stands proudly just a few kilometres from the mainland Peloponnese, but there is a stronger sense of carefree island Greece here than in other Saronic Gulf destinations. The lively, historic old town is the only village on the island; the rest, ringed by a simple road, is rolling hills and crystal clear coves. Relaxed-feeling Spetses has much to offer and gorgeous swimming spots.
Bustling Spetses Town stretches along a meandering waterfront encompassing several quays and beaches. Passing the church of Moni Agios Nikolaos you arrive at the attractive Old Harbour, and the interesting Baltiza yacht anchorage and boatbuilding area.
Spetses is probably the best-known of the Argo-Saronic islands, largely thanks to John Fowles, who lived here in the early 1950s and used the place, thinly disguised as Phraxos, as the setting for his cult novel The Magus. A popular, upmarket escape for Athenians, the island had a brief vogue as a package destination but never really developed the mass infrastructure – or the convenient beaches – to match. Today, the town of Spetses is the biggest among the Saronic islands, spreading for several kilometres along the northeast coast, but new development is mainly second homes and small apartments and villas; the rest of the island is almost entirely uninhabited, with pine forest inland and numerous excellent small beaches around the coast.
The specific geographical coordinates 37°15’48.4″N 23°07’56.2″E in Aegean Sea. As mentioned above the island of Spetses is located in Saronic Gulf among other islands like Poros, Aegina, Salamina. The population of the main settlement on Spetses is about 4000 inhabitants and the total area of 27,121 square kilometres.
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