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Local life is especially special in Spetses

The island of Spetses sits at the entrance of the Argolic Gulf, off the coast of the Peloponnese peninsula. The idyllic island is full of dreamy Grecian scenes, including domed churches, traditional tavernas, and fishermen sunning their catch of the day. Adding to the charm is the lack of cars. Instead, locals get around on motorbikes, or by horse and buggy, adding to the feeling that you've officially traveled in time. Opt for a Spetses vacation rental to complete the feeling of living like a local.

Things to do

The future is female, but so is Spetses's past

There are a few museums and galleries worth visiting in Spetses, but Bouboulina's Museum is arguably the most notable. It's the former home of local heroine Laskarina Bouboulina, the first female naval commander in the world, and heroine of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. Here, visitors will find exhibits on the local history, a look at Bouboulina's life, and a prominent Greek art collection. Horseback riding tours and bike rentals are available for families looking to explore the island from a new perspective, and catamarans can take you to any of the pebbled beaches along Spetses's coast.


It's all Greek to me... really, really Greek

Spetses is full of tiny port towns begging to be explored, with markets offering local wares and seafront tavernas perfect for leisurely lunches. Rent a catamaran and circle the island from the sea, or hop on a motorbike and get lost exploring. There are a handful of local history and art museums around Spetses, and plenty of natural beauty to be found, from caves to beaches. Some areas are upscale, while other parts of the island remain rustic and untouched. Either scene is perfect for nabbing a dream Spetses vacation rental.


You'll leave dreaming of a Spetses summer home of your own

Spetses is an ideal destination for about half the year, from April through October, when the weather is hot and the beaches are inviting. Peak season is from June through September, thanks to Athenians fleeing to their Spetses summer homes. You'll still find Spetses to be a bit quieter than Greece's other more famous islands, but your best bet is to come in the shoulder season, as spring and fall are both relatively quiet. Winter is best avoided, when most of the island closes down.

Natural features

Beaches and spices are bestest in Spetses

The word "spezia" is Greek for "spice," and the island's name derives from its prominant location along a former spice route. Today, while spice trading isn't really a main source of the island's appeal, the local dining scene is, with fresh fish caught daily off the island's coastline. The pebbled beaches of Spetses are simple but charming, and more adventurous travelers will love exploring the caves hidden around the shore, some only accessible by boat. A Spetses vacation rental on the coast is sure to be a hit for your whole group.

Can I find a vacation rental around Spetses?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 216 vacation rentals near Spetses. From 113 Villas to 61 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Spetses for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Spetses?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Spetses. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Greek Islands: 15,230 vacation rentals
  • Milos: 104 vacation rentals
  • Hydra: 149 vacation rentals
  • Greece Mainland: 11,531 vacation rentals
  • Nafplion: 373 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Spetses! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Spetses?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Spetses:

  • Nafplion: 373 rentals
  • Porto Heli: 234 rentals
  • Poros: 71 rentals
  • Idra: 95 rentals
  • Ermioni: 397 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Spetses?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Spetses. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hydra Town Harbour: 328 rentals
  • Monenvasia Kastro: 49 rentals
  • Plitra Beach: 90 rentals
  • Monemvasia Castle: 49 rentals
  • Tolo Beach: 378 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Spetses listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.