East Med Destination Spotlight – The Greek Island of Spetses

The Saronic Islands situated off the mainland of Greece are a prime summer yachting destination offering lush landscapes, pristine beaches, and glamorous attractions.  The mesmerizing Greek island of Spetses is one of our favorites in the Saronic Gulf, boasting of 18 miles of spectacular coastline, a rich vibrant culture, and an engaging historic old town brimming with cosmopolitan energy.  With a scene that is relaxed yet chic, chartering a yacht in Spetses is truly enchanting offering plenty of things to do and intriguing sights to see.

As cars are banned on Spetses, horse drawn carriages are a winsome way to take in the sights of the island. A stroll along the meandering cobbled streets will take you past magnificent neoclassical mansions framed by blooming bougainvillea, old harbors, fragrant lemon and orange groves, and secluded beaches.

Spetses has a beautiful coastline lined with wonderful sandy beaches and coves, the best are Agia Anarghiri and Agia Paraskevi, both found on the west coast.  Two other great spots are Agia Marina  also known as Paradise Beach, just south of the main town and Zogeria on the north side of the island.

Greek heroine Laskarina Bouboulina, a brave Spetsiot revolutionary whom was fiercely involved with the independence of Greece during the 19th century, is widely admired on the island.  At the harbor, visitors will find an impressive statue dedicated to Bouboulina and  just a short walk away, the family mansion turned museum. Other sites of interest include the Museum of Spetses and the historical monastery of St. Nicholas.

The local specialty Psari a la Spetsiota is a great seafood dish to try while in Spetses made with fresh snapper or cod, marinated in lime juice then baked in a light sauce of garlic, onions, and tomatoes.  For a sweet treat afterwords, sample the delightful little almond cookies called amygdalota.

With plenty on offer, a Greek yachting holiday in Spetses provides the perfect summer retreat.  Sunreef Yachts Charter has a wide selection of charter yachts available in this stunning seaside destination and can assist you planning the vacation of your dreams.  For more information, contact us at charter@sunreef-charter.com.

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