Only 54 nautical miles from Athens away, Spetses, "the island of perfumes", as the Venetians called it, the ancient Pityousa (pine tree island), is a picturesque island with beautiful beaches - many of which are accessible only by sea - and lovely secluded bays.
The main port of Dapia and the Old Port, with special features, such as decorated pebbled sidewalks and pedestrian alleys, neoclassical and traditional architecture houses, wooden balconies and courtyards full of various colored flowers and many fragrances, attract the eye of the visitor.
It’s beauty is striking and it’s characteristic is a particular combination of green pine trees and blue sea. The beautiful forests, full of pedestrian paths, as well as the panoramic view of Spetses, the nearby islands and the Peloponnesian coast, offer an idyllic hiking environment, as on the island no cars are allowed.
The climate of Spetses is a result of the Mediterranean climate prevailing throughout Greece. Even in October the weather is ideal, as the sun is still shining for long periods of time and the temperature is pleasantly warm, mostly dry.
Spetses, with the naval tradition, the rich history and its special culture, is the ideal choice for holidays, as well as for scientific, educational, cultural and sports activities of high quality.
Cultural events are organized in the island throughout the year, many of which take place in the open-air theater of AKSS. The most distinguished are the carnival and the Orthodox Easter, with the peak of the historical reenactment of the battle of the Armata (1823 - September), one of the 14 representations of historical battles worldwide.
Aiming to extend the tourist season and the international promotion of Spetses, major sporting activities of international interest are organized in recent years under the auspices of the Municipality of Spetses, with «Poseidonion Grand Hotel» as main initiator and with the support of the A.K.S.S., such as the Spetses Mini Marathon (every second weekend of October), the Spetses Classic Yacht Race (every June) and the Spets-a-thlon (Triathlon race - Spring).
Morover, apart from its natural beauty, stunning beaches and hiking possibilities, which is favored by the geomorphology of the island, Spetses, who was already inhabited in the Helladic and experienced it’s glory in the 18th century and mainly during the revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire (Spetses, along with neighboring Hydra and Psara led the liberation war), has two historical museums and many attractions, such as the Old Port, the traditional docks, the residence of the National Benefactor S. Anargiros etc.
Last but not least, the island can also be a base for visits to important historical sites in the neighborhood, such as Epidaurus (~50' drive [ odysseus.culture.gr, www.greekfestival.gr ], Mycenae and Tiryns (~1½ hour drive) [ odysseus.culture.gr ] and Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece and maybe the most beautiful city of it (~1½ hour drive or 2 hours by boat), as well as the natural beauties of Hydra (40' by boat), Hermionid (30'- 2h drive), which produces the best olive oil in the world, the Argolid plain with the vast orange groves, and ancient Nemea and it’s famous wineries (2h drive).