Spetses played a leading role in the War of Independence and its leading figures became part of the Greek aristocracy. Arrive by boat as a holidaymaker and wake up feeling like one of the aristocracy surrounded by fine mansions, smart boutiques and upmarket restaurants. A smart town and gorgeous small beaches along the coast. What more could you want?
Affluent Athenians love Spetses which has avoided too much development and remains a really classy destination. Shopping, eating and drinking are a big part of life for holidaymakers in Spetses Town while Ydhra is also lively with plenty of bars and restaurants.
There is no airport so arriving by boat or water taxi makes for a special start to your Olympic Holiday. Once settled in take a stroll to admire the Neoclassical houses and indulge in some serious window shopping in the smart boutiques.
Love strong coffee? Find a cafe, sit outside in the warm sunshine and give in to the smell of freshly made cakes and pastries. It's all part of life on Spetses.
There are no vehicle fumes or noisy traffic - cars are banned so take a horse-drawn carriage or hire a bike to explore this unique island.
How to get there: From Athens visitors can go to the port of Piraeus and take the ferry which offers a good service with a three-hour sailing.