Ultimate Travel Guide to Spetses Island

Discover our complete travel guide to Spetses – a two-hour catamaran ride from Athens, this pine-scented island is home to white-sand beaches, authentic dining, and waterfront bars where you can elegantly drink the night away. 

Known for its old-world charm, sophistication, tranquillity, stunning beaches, and sprawling pine and citrus trees – Spetses is unique as it is one of very few Greek islands where cars are prohibited – creating a serene and nostalgic ambiance. 

Offering a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and relaxation, this all-year-round destination invites visitors to explore its old-school dining spots, cobblestone alleyways, majestic mansions, and secluded swimming coves.

Eat + Drink 

Lunch + Dinner

Mourayo- Housed in a 19th-century farmhouse, this awarded restaurant’s outdoor terrace offers front-row sunset seats and classic Mediterranean dishes that pair perfectly with a glass of rosé. 

Bostani- This farm-to-table open-air restaurant serves fresh dishes using ingredients handpicked straight from the earth. 

On the Veranda- For a fine dining experience, head to this seaside restaurant at the Poseidonion Hotel and choose from a delightful menu featuring dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. 

Tarsanas- For freshly caught seafood turned into classics such as octopus marinated in olive oil and vinegar, lobster pasta, and an unmissable kakavia (fisherman’s soup.)

Patralis- For more great seafood, this seaside tavern that’s been here since 1935, is the perfect spot to taste sea urchin salad followed by their signature squid pasta. 

Agios- Serving modern cuisine, this spot is ideal for a long lazy lunch.

Coffee + Sweets 

Vanilia- Located in the centre of town, just behind the church of Agios Antonios, make sure to try the island’s famous amigdalota (almond sweet).  

Klimis- This long-running family shop is famous for its sokolatina (chocolate pie), galaktoboureko (custard pie), ekmek (cream and kataifi pie) and voutiki (serano dipped in chocolate.) 

Tiramisu- For a delicious mille-feuille, decadent tiramisu and fantastic sweet vegan options, this is the place! 


Bikini Bar- A hot spot thanks to a lush cocktail menu, cool lounge music, and all-round great vibes. 

Mayo Café Bar- Fabulous all-day drinking spot set on a stunning terrace. 

Spetsa Bar- This classic bar is where you’ll find locals having a pre or post-dinner drink.

Insider tip: This year will see the opening of two amazing new drinking spots in Spetses, where visitors can enjoy an aperitivo all day long! Taratsa and Spetses All Day Wine and Deli are set to open their doors in the upcoming weeks, and we can’t wait to have our first glass (or two) at both! 

See + Do 

– Spetses is the home of War of Greek Independence heroine Laskarina Bouboulina, whose statue stands outside Poseidonion Hotel, and also to the Bouboulina Museum where you can discover over three centuries of history and cultural heritage. 

-We also recommend visiting the Museum of Spetses. Housed in the mansion of Chatzigiannis-Mexis, you will find exhibits that cover 4000 years of the island’s cultural history. 

-Get your hands on a bicycle and peddle around the cobblestone streets and then explore the Palio Limani by horse and carriage. 

-Visit Panagia Armata, a historic church situated on a picturesque hill overlooking Palio Limani. 

– If you are in Spetses during Spring or Autumn, we recommend hiking the lovely green hills or cycling the coastal road that takes you around the entire island.  

– Stroll around the cobblestone alleyways featuring mosaic designs and discover magnificent mansions and classy yachts along the way. 

-Take a boat tour or rent a sailing boat and dive into the clear waters. Tip: make sure to sail over to Bekiris Cave for an unforgettable swim. 

-Catch a film at one of the island’s open-air cinemas. 

-Swim at one of the many beautiful beaches including Palaia Garifalos, Paralia Agioi Anargyroi, Agia Marina, or Agia Paraskevi. We also suggest a dip in the bay of Zogeria and then head straight to the seaside tavern next door for some lunch. 


Spetses has some beautiful boutique stores that stock international brands and local designers. For some stunning pieces of jewellery, summer sandals and resort wear head to White Boutique, Soho Soho, Sea + Sun, and Mageia Boutique.  


Poseidonion Grand Hotel- For a glamorous and stylish stay at Spetses’ iconic hotel, that’s been open since 1914. 

Orloff Resort– This boutique hotel with a rustic chic vibe is great for families. 

Yayaki- If you are looking for the perfect blend between a luxury boutique and a family guest house – this one is for you. 


Getting there: From the port of Piraeus in Athens, the trip to Spetses is about two hours with the flying dolphin and 2.5 hours with the flying cat.

Best time to go: Any time of the year- but if you are keen on a getaway that allows you to take part in a triathlon, check out the Spetses Mini Marathon, for those who love cycling head over during “A Weekend in Tweed” and for yachting enthusiasts, there is the annual Classic Regatta. 

Ideal time to stay: Perfect place for a weekend getaway – but you can easily spend 3 – 4 days exploring the island. 

Getting around: As mentioned, no cars are allowed however you can rent a bike or see parts of the island on a horse carriage. 

What to pack: Swimmers, a linen scarf for the night breeze, and comfortable (needless to say stylish) footwear to walk and cycle.  

Spetses Goes Vintage this Spring for “A Weekend in Tweed” 

This spring the stunning island of Spetses will be filled with a retro vibe during a long weekend featuring vintage adventures, a nostalgic atmosphere, and special tweed appearances. 

From the 15th to the 17th of April 2022, Spetses island will welcome guests- from all around the country and the world- for a unique “Weekend in Tweed”. The special event, run by the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in collaboration with the Hellenic Bicycle Museum, is a celebration of classic English glamour- with participants filling the hotel and village square with their retro bicycles and vintage attire.

Paying homage to old-world charm and traditions, Spetses is the ideal destination for this unique event, as the stunning island is renowned for its aristocratic feel and cosmopolitan aura.

And with the sweet spring weather being the perfect time to enjoy such an occasion- plus the all-time classic character of the Poseidonion as a backdrop- visitors are invited to enjoy a three-day event dedicated to a whimsical journey through time- full of evocative activities and memorable moments.

Over the weekend, guests will be able to hop on a classic bicycle and enjoy a leisurely ride around the island; stop off for a charming picnic in the blossoming nature, and experience afternoon tea at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel-  all while parading in their elegant outfits and tweed attire. 

The long weekend will also include plenty of delicious delicacies and famous signature dishes from Poseidonion; plus a range of surprises including a beauty pageant highlighting the best dressed, an atmospheric party, and special awards.

About the Hotel

Poseidonion Grand Hotel first opened its doors in 1914. This stunning building has become a famous landmark on Spetses island, a favourite spot for affluent Athenians and international jet-setters. The striking hotel occupies a prime seafront position and is one of the first things you spot as you arrive on the Saronic island.


If you would like to dress in your best vintage/ tweed outfits and take part in this charming journey through time during “A Weekend in Tweed”, contact Christina Lagkadianou on- 

PH: +30 210 9222525 | E: lagkadianou@travelworks.gr

Images Courtesy of Poseidonion Grand Hotel

Top 22 Greek Islands to Visit in 2022

Given there are over 6000 beautiful Greek islands, of which roughly 227 are inhabited, deciding which one to visit is always a hard decision to make.

If you’re planning a Greek summer holiday for 2022, the editors at IN+SIGHTS GREECE rounded up their favourite Greek islands (based on recent visits) and recommend adding them to your Greek island getaway list for this year!

P.S. This list is in no particular order- they are all just as spectacular as each other!


The charmingly mysterious Folegandros, situated in the corner of the southern part of the Cyclades, entices with its deep blue waters that are in complete harmony with its steep mountains, picturesque Chora, and jaw-dropping sunsets. This Greek island exudes natural beauty and it’s a dreamy destination where you can completely relax and unwind in style.  


Part of the Small Cyclades, Donousa is perfect to explore by boat so you can get up close to the magnificent caves like “Spilia Tichou” with its beautiful stalactite formations- or discover “Fokospilia” a habitat of seals. Also, head over to the southeast of the island where you’ll find a mountainous village with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. And for the most beautiful beaches on the island, make your way to Livadi and Fikio.

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Located a little over two hours away from Athens, the luscious island of Spetses is a perfect weekend escape from the Greek capital. This idyllic, car-free island of the Argosaronic Gulf is a favourite spot for affluent Athenians and international jet-setters. 


Located in the Sporades islands, Skyros is only three and a half hours away from Athens; a destination untouched by tourism, it retains its tradition and authenticity. Whether you are an adventure seeker or looking to relax, Skyros offers a unique experience that entices you to unveil all its mysteries. 


The dreamy landscape of this almost untouched Cycladic island is composed of rugged hills, historic mining sites, breathtaking coves, picturesque settlements, classic Greek island architecture, and endless beaches. The wild beauty of Serifos will fill your soul, relax your mind, and steal your heart. 


Whitewashed houses, delicious food, unbeatable beaches. This is Naxos island in one sentence- one of our favourite Greek islands that never ceases to amaze. Beautiful beaches, ancient sites and museums; plus great food, atmospheric mountainous villages, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere for those who want to stay out all night. Naxos has something for every type of traveller and fulfills even the most demanding one! 


Home to the beautiful town of Ermoupolis, Syros features stunning neoclassical architecture, old mansions, marble-paved streets, charming town squares, imposing churches, and historical monuments. Syros is not only rich in both history and culture, but it also boasts beautiful beaches including Galissas, Delphini, Kini, Finikas and De La Gratsia.


A small island in the Saronic Gulf (just 2 hours away from Athens), Hydra island has a charming atmosphere and romantic allure. It’s aristocratic, yet authentic and features a rocky landscape with elegant, imposing stone mansions, narrow cobblestone alleys with colourful bougainvillea; plus impeccable sunsets.


Volcanic rocks, vast blue magic waters, stunning sunsets, jaw-dropping beaches, geological formations and picturesque settlements by the sea, all together narrate exquisite stories about this Cycladic island that blows your mind away every time you step foot here. Fast becoming one of Greece’s most popular destinations, there is still an authentic and untouched beauty about Milos island


Boasting spectacular azure waters and charming architecture, Paxos is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Located on the Ionian, it boasts some of the most stunning and exotic beaches in the world; as well as a wonderful natural landscape with lush vegetation. Combining a cosmopolitan feel with natural beauty, Paxoi is a Greek island that has been described as a “paradise on earth”.

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The largest of the Ionian Isles, Kefalonia remains pure and protected from mass tourism. What makes this place so special is the pride locals take in keeping their island clean, fresh, modern, yet warm and inviting, all while encouraging its natural charm and authentic beauty to shine through. From the main town of Argostoli where you’ll find a range of eateries, bars, and boutiques through to gorgeous fishing villages and quaint towns, there’s so much to see and do on this lush island.


Wild landscapes, diverse beaches, thermal springs, lively summer festivals in beautiful village squares, rugged mountains, and tavernas serving foods made from organic produce and local goods like goat’s cheese, honey, and meat are all part of the Ikaria experience.


The simplicity of this authentic island, which shares aesthetic elements of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, is what makes this destination extra special! Astypalea’s magnificent Chora, the old port, picturesque windmills, an imposing Venetian castle built of dark stones, and stunning beaches with crystal clear waters are the main reasons to fall in love with this beautiful Greek island. 


Greece’s largest island is always a good idea! Renowned for its breathtaking beaches, rustic natural beauty, delightful cuisine and its remarkable hospitality, there is so much to see and do here. The main places to visit are Chania, Heraklion, Rethymno, and Agios Nikolaos; it doesn’t really matter where you go, as it’s a magnificent island filled with rich culture, history and traditions.  


An ideal Greek island year-round as it’s located just two hours from Athens, Andros is filled with lush vegetation, abundant water, and stunning beaches. The beautiful Cycladic isle owes its lush greenery to its rich underground and surface water resources. Here you can experience the island’s rich culture and culinary flair. Also make sure you visit one of the many historic monasteries and churches, the amazing museums and enjoy the endless nature and its hiking trails.

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The third-largest Cycladic island, Tinos is gifted with impeccable beauty. Crystal-clear waters, rare sorts of stone, architectural masterpieces, several charming villages with alleyways and bougainvillea, dovecotes, and the perfect environment to stimulate any artistic inclination- the island of Aeolus has it all!


The Aegean island of the Apocalypse is known as the place where Saint John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelation. Patmos is a nostalgic destination, offering wild beauty, a striking coastline, medieval Chora, a maze of alleyways filled with cascading bougainvillea, and beautiful doors. Patmos is an unspoiled island that you should explore at your own pace.

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Also located in the Dodecanese, Karpathos is an island of untouched beauty that’s loved for its authentic customs and centuries-old traditions. Visit the ancient acropolis, caves, churches and see locals in their traditional dress. Offering beautiful views from authentic mountainside villages- here you’ll get to understand what Greek island life is truly about.  


The largest island of the Dodecanese, Rhodes is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Make sure you visit Lindos, which has one of the best microclimates in the Mediterranean is a must, as well as the beaches of Anthony Quinn and Kallithea.


This Ionian isle boasts remarkable natural landscapes, world-famous beaches, verdant mountains, delightful local cuisine, a noteworthy winemaking tradition, and an exciting range of things to see and do. Otherwise known as Lefkas, it’s the perfect spot for a summer holiday.


An absolute gem in the heart of the Dodecanese, Symi is a small but mesmerising Greek island, which lies in the north of Rhodes. Surrounded by deep green seas and covered in cypress trees, this beautiful destination is home to one of the prettiest ports in Greece, neo-classical mansions, and dreamy fishing villages. Many visitors arrive here on their private yacht and spend days (or weeks) enjoying the magical views surrounding them. 


This undiscovered island close to Athens is filled with history, captivating scenery,  imposing castles, secret caves, medieval villages and beautiful beaches. Located off the south coast of the Peloponnese, Kythira also features delightful villages and lovely local delicacies that you’re sure to enjoy. 

5 Best Islands Closest to Athens

As the weather heats up in Athens, locals and visitors look to escape the Greek capital with some ever-so-tempting island hopping!

Whether you’re after a 1-day cruise from Athens or you’re looking forward to the ultimate island experience, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favourite Greek islands that are just a short ferry trip from the port of Piraeus.


Located a little over two hours away from Athens, the luscious island of Spetses is a perfect weekend escape from the Greek capital. This idyllic, car-free island of the Argosaronic Gulf is a favourite spot for affluent Athenians and international jet-setters. The island stands out for its majestic architecture, impressive buildings, crystal-clear waters and off-the-beaten-path activities.


A small island in the Saronic Gulf (just 2 hours away from Athens), with its classic beauty, has seduced many international personalities including Sophia Loren, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis, and Leonard Cohen, who purchased a house on the island in 1960. Hydra has a charming atmosphere and romantic allure, it’s aristocratic, yet authentic and features a rocky landscape with elegant, imposing stone mansions, narrow cobblestone alleys (with colourful bougainvillaea), plus impeccable sunsets.


Most ferries connecting Athens with Poros are high-speed, making this trip in less than 1 hour. Boasting lovely landscapes, in Poros, you’ll find small tavernas, yacht marinas, neoclassical buildings, a clock tower, pine forests reaching the sea, serenity and relaxation. Poros is a wonderful island in the Saronic Gulf and a local favourite destination for Athenians looking for weekend getaways, as A perfect spot if you’re looking for an island with strong traditional character and modern amenities.


So close to Athens (just one hour from the port of Lavrio, east of Athens) is the Greek island of Kea (also known as Tzia), which offers a chic ambience, wonderful beaches and an authentic vibe. Many have visited Kea as a day trip from the Greek capital as Kea is the closest Cycladic island to Athens. It’s an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday away from the crowds. Here you can enjoy local delicacies and dishes, as well as charming villages and great swimming spots.


This amazing tiny island is about an hour from Piraeus by boat and offers lush green landscapes, gorgeous bays and secret coves. It’s a perfect place for those wishing to combine a beach holiday with nature, as you can explore the gorgeous landscapes while trekking, cycling, diving, hiking and kayaking. Agistri is also known for its amazing local dishes and traditional taverns- foodies add this one to your list too! 

20 Best Things to do in Spetses 

Located a little over two hours away from Athens, the luscious island of Spetses is a perfect weekend escape from the Greek capital. This idyllic, car-free island of the Argosaronic Gulf is a favourite spot for affluent Athenians and international jet-setters. Here we share our 20 favourite things to do on Spetses Island. 

1. Enjoy an afternoon or evening stroll around the buzzing harbour of Dapia Port. The tiny port of Dapia is surrounded by whitewashed, Neoclassical houses and surrounded by chic cafés, and stylish boutiques.

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Outside the Poseidonion Hotel

2. Stay at the famous Poseidonion Grand Hotel or at least enjoy a coffee, cocktail, or dinner at Poseidonion Restaurant in Spetses Town, an awarded eatery that uses products from its Organic Farm and has a beautiful veranda where you can enjoy the view of the Saronic Gulf.

3. Grab some pastries at Klimis, housed in Klimis Hotel; this long-running family shop is famous for its sokolatina (chocolate pie), galaktoboureko (custard pie), ekmek (cream and kataifi pie) and voutiki (serano dipped in chocolate.) 

4. Visit Panagia Armata Church. Surrounded by lush greenery, the white and yellow chapel located on a hill above the old port of Spetses was built between 1824 and 1830 by captain Ioannis Koutsis, to commemorate and honour the defeat of the Ottoman fleet during the naval battle of 1822.

5. Swim at one of the many beautiful beaches including Palaia Garifalos, Paralia Agioi Anargyroi, Agia Marina, or Agia Paraskevi

6. Eat at Agios, a family-run tavern that offers authentic Greek food and service with a smile. 

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Crystal blue waters of Spetses

7. Visit the Cave of Bekiris, located at Agioi Anargyroi beach. Inside the cave, you can make your way by foot to the fountain which has been created naturally from stalactites hanging from the ceiling of the cave. 

8. Have a swim in the bay of Zogeria and then head straight to the tavern right on the water and enjoy a small menu with simple but delicious dishes. 

9. Head to Bikini Bar for some lush cocktails, lounge music, and a great vibe.

10. For dinner, make your way to Orloff where they serve creative dishes using pure ingredients; highlighting traditional Greek cooking, they offer exceptional hospitality, great service, and a magical view. 

11. The House of Bourboulina is an absolute must. Created in honour of the world’s first female admiral, it was built around the end of the 17th Century. Bouboulina was a heroine who played a significant role in the 1821 Greek War of Independence.

12. The Hatzigiannis- Mexis Museum, housed in a beautiful 18th-century mansion, is also well worth a visit. Here you can see relics and letters written in wartime during the 1821 Greek War of Independence.

13. Admire the Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos, Greece’s Holy Patron Saint of the Sea. With a  charming white-marble bell tower, the monastery is located at Hydra’s port and it was here that the islanders first raised their flag of independence. 

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House of Bourboulina

14. Enjoy the car-free island and make the most of cycling around town on a bike or enjoy a romantic horse ride. 

15. Sail to Xylokeriza, a secluded beach 8 km from Dapia, on the south-eastern part of the island. 

16. Head to Vanilia, a wonderful local patisserie in the centre of town, just behind the church of Agios Antonios, and try one of the island’s famous amigdalota (almond sweets).  

17. Explore the Korgialenios School of Spetses. The Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses is a historical and cultural heritage site of the island of Spetses. It was established in 1923. 

18. Try some local honey, as Spetses produces excellent varieties from the many pine trees around the island. This honey has a distinct taste and flavoured aroma that is amazing with a scoop of Greek yogurt.

19. If you are in the mood for some great music and an uplifting vibe head to Kaiki Beach Club restaurant, which has a great atmosphere.

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Ride around town

20. Taste the local specialty la Spetsiota– a delicious seafood dish of Spetses Island. Prepared using freshly caught fish fillets that are marinated in lime juice and ground pepper; the dried fillets are spread over breadcrumbs and drizzled with a fresh tomato and garlic sauce. 

How to get to Spetses 

There are several daily departures of flying dolphins to Spetses from the port of Piraeus in Athens. 

The duration of the trip is approximately two hours with the flying dolphins and 2.5 hours with the flying cats.

3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can’t Wait to Revisit

Greece is amongst the world’s most popular tourist destinations. And with a great range of variety on offer, you should easily be able to find a luxury five-star hotel that can help you take in the destination of your choice- with comfort. Here we share some of our favourites that we can’t wait to stay at again. 

By Maria Athanasopoulou 

Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses Island

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThis emblematic five-star hotel on the island of Spetses first opened its doors in 1914 and since then has become one of the most cosmopolitan hotels in the whole country. The hotel delights guests from the first instance, with its well-kept common areas and its excellent rooms. There are several types of rooms to choose from to suit each guest. What is certain is that whatever choice you make, you will be satisfied. For your relaxation, we recommend a visit to the Library Brasserie. Relax from morning to night, overlooking the Saronic Gulf.

Poseidonion Grand Hotel created its own biological estate a few years ago. The “Bostani Farm of Poseidon” will offer you an unforgettable experience. Apart from the fact that many fresh products come from here, which enrich the dishes served at the hotel, here you can also take cooking lessons amongst nature.

Breakfast served at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel is a spectacular experience that will satisfy even the most demanding guest. Finally, there is the unique cocktail bar of Poseidonion Grand Hotel, the “Palms” bar, where you can enjoy your favourite cocktail overlooking the Saronic Gulf. Spetses is very close to Athens and for decades has been a secular destination not only for Greeks but also for visitors from abroad. The island is beautiful, with its own special traditional style, while its cosmopolitan identity becomes apparent to the visitor from the first moment they arrive. The word ‘Spetses’ comes from the Venetians, who named the island after perfumes.

Porto Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThis five-star hotel is housed in a historic 1923 building. Completely renovated, it retains its industrial architecture while respecting the rules of luxurious hospitality.

Porto Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki features 176 rooms of various types, that are suitable for families, solo travellers, couples, etc. The rooms are spacious and modernly decorated. What sets this hotel apart is the great importance given to high gastronomy. The hotel is also famous for hosting major business events.

The bar & restaurant URSA MINOR offers views not only of the pool but also of the whole city of Thessaloniki, which is a splendid sight. The onsite PULSE Gym & Fitness station has all the equipment needed to stay in shape while you are away, which may be necessary with the irresistible gastronomic temptations at ZAYTINYA Restaurant. 

The city of Thessaloniki is known internationally for its beauty, its tasty food, the friendly locals who are carefree, and its many important monuments. The Promenade of Thessaloniki is one of the most beautiful areas of Greece, and the city is famous for its vibrant nightlife. Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and its most famous attraction is the White Tower!

Thomais Boutique Hotel, Lefkada 

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThomais Boutique Hotel on the stunning Ionian island of Lefkada is a unique four-star boutique hotel located in the area of Nikiana. The reception, lobby and breakfast area are designed in such a way to offer guests a relaxing and tranquil stay.  

In 2019, all the rooms were renovated and now guests have two options for their stay- the executive and the deluxe rooms. Whatever category you choose, remember that each room has its own concept, the styling is functional and there is an inviting aesthetic; while at the same time, each guest and the high level of hospitality is the main concern of the owners.

On the roof garden of the hotel, you will find the a la carte eatery Vivarium Wine Restaurant, serving authentic recipes of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, which can be paired with an impressive variety of more than 70 small Greek wine labels. The wine here is served in a glass with the Coravin system (a technology that allows the wine to be served without removing the cork) for almost all labels.

The island of Lefkada is famous for its breathtaking beaches such as the famous Porto Katsiki, its hospitable locals and its traditional villages. Even though it is an island, Lefkada is accessible by road, and by car, you can cross a bridge that connects the island with the land. It is one of the most popular summer destinations in Greece!

Maria Athanasopoulou is the founder of the tourism marketing company Respond On Demand. She is also the founder of the non-profit urban company Top Tourism. She serves as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the World Food Travel Association and she is also a Master Culinary Travel Professional. She serves as an ambassador of the World Gourmet Society in Greece and Cyprus, and she also serves as an ambassador of Green Destinations. She has given seminars for tourism professionals, as well as many speeches and presentations on tourism issues, in events in Greece and abroad. She is also a Sustainable Tourism marketing expert.

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Spetses’ 100-Year-Old Grand Hotel 

Poseidonion Grand Hotel first opened its doors in 1914. This stunning building has become a famous landmark on Spetses island, a favourite spot for affluent Athenians and international jet-setters. 


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Only two hours from Athens, the striking hotel occupies a prime seafront position and is one of the first things you spot as you arrive on the Saronic island- a coastal playground for the Athenian A-list crowd. With classic architecture, the Poseidonion is centrally positioned on the island’s main Dapia Port and is a sight to see when approaching the island by boat. Surrounded by a rich history, it is steps away from where a proud statue of Laskarina Bouboulina, the early 19th-century Greek independence heroine stands. We should mention, very few cars are allowed on the island, so scooters, 4x4s, bicycles, a horse carriage and walking are the best ways to get around. The hotel is close to the old harbour, the Bouboulina Museum and the Hatzigianni Mexi Spetses Museum. The closest beaches are only minutes away too.

Style & Character

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Here contemporary luxury meets old-world glamour and you will truly be forgiven for believing you are on the French Riviera. In 2009 the hotel re-opened after a 5-year restoration project that carefully combines splendour with 21st-century luxuries. Under the ownership of the Vordonis shipping family, the hotel has been updated with the finest facilities, fixtures, and fittings while carefully preserving the original architecture of the building. Filled with decorative archways, potted palms and floors decked with painted tiles, it is a place of pure luxury. 

Room Types

The hotel comprises of two buildings with superior and deluxe rooms and suites, several with private gardens or balconies offering spectacular views of the Dapia Port area and the sparkling blue-turquoise water. The historic wing features 38 rooms with a soft blend of whites and neutrals, including high ceilings, flowing layered curtains, wood floors and a mix of antique and modern decor.  A new annexe features 17 rooms with a view of a Mediterranean garden and pool. Two private access suites, the Royal Suite and the La Cupola Suite boast a private balcony with panoramic views of the island.

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The Poseidonion is famed for being the first Greek hotel to offer spa services when it opened a century ago. Its wellness centre is now a series of small whitewashed buildings that surround a 300-metre spa pool. Treatments include massage, facials, body treatments, a  nail spa, and a hairdressing salon on site. Stretched across the back garden is a lush palm tree-lined 17-metre lap pool. The stylish lounge is decked with comfy sofas, a grand piano and a vintage jukebox; there is also an outdoor cinema, and various restaurants that spill onto the sweeping terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea- perfect for watching the horse-drawn carriages go past on this car-free island. 

Food & Drinks

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Unique gastronomic experiences are curated by French chef Olivier Campanha, who is now at the helm of Library Brasserie and Bostani. With a focus on pure, regional
ingredients from the Poseidonion Grand Hotel’s Organic Farm Bostani is a farm to table experience combining local tradition with French techniques to create delicious dishes bursting with flavour. The updated Library Brasserie menu is dedicated to Greek cuisine with some elements from the wider Mediterranean. For some casual dining and drinks, The Palms Bar overlooks the waterfront promenade and offers scenic views of the sunset. Take a stool at the elegant marble counter and choose from an extensive menu of cocktails, developed in collaboration with Baba Au Rum, one of the world’s 50 best bars.

Ideal For

Couples, honeymooners, all artistic/creative types and anyone looking for a luxurious getaway. It’s also ideal for those who love to sail as the island is home to the Spetses Classic Regatta. With many pretty beaches and a buzzing summer nightlife, it’s also great for those who want to party and mingle with the rich and famous. 


  • 24-hour reception
  • Business centre
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby/rooms
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Hotel bar
  • Laundry service
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Wellness centre / Spa
  • Wheelchair accessible

Exploring Porto Heli, the “Greek Riviera”

Labelled the “Greek Riviera,” Porto Heli is a luxurious destination in the Peloponnese and home to 5-star hotels, fine dining restaurants, lovely beaches, secluded coves, private bays, and breathtaking landscapes that attract affluent visitors throughout the warmer months.

Location, location!

A 2.5-hour drive from Athens, or 25 minutes by helicopter, this opulent destination is set across from Spetses and Hydra, making it the perfect base for day trips to nearby islands. Porto Heli’s harbour is well protected from the wind and with a gorgeous marina that offers easy access to the Saronic Gulf, it has become extremely popular amongst those who love to sail the Aegean Sea.

To Stay

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is an elegant hotel with impressive spaces and stunning sea views. Offering guests a glamorous and upmarket experience, here you can enjoy one of its 66 state-of-the-art rooms and suites, two fine dining restaurants, and the world-renowned Beach Club, where you can relax poolside with a drink, and taste local seafood, all while listening to a resident DJ playing cool summer tracks. Otherwise check into Amanzoe, which is one of the most expensive hotels in Greece. This ultra-exclusive and carefully designed resort has an emphasis on health and wellbeing and features an exclusive private beach club and a decadent spa. If you prefer to stay in a villa, there are plenty of options via Porto Heli Villas, where you can rent an exclusive property with panoramic sea views and a private beach, and also check out PortoHeli Exclusive, as they offer a vast portfolio of luxury villa rentals that are ideal for families and anyone with a larger group.

Eat & Drink

Porto Heli provides various options when it comes to wining and dining and is most known for its delicious fresh fish, which can be found at any of the local eateries. Our recommendations are Veranda del Vino, Big Blue, Salt & Pepper, and Rozos Restaurant. For a gastronomical Japanese experience head to Nama, or if you are after something more casual try The Drunken Clam. When craving something sweet, Solo Gelato serves freshly made gelato and desserts, and Café Da Luz is the place to go for a leisurely coffee. As for a place to sip on a cocktail while watching the sunset check out Ostria Café Cocktail Bar.

Tip: don’t miss going to the fishing village of Kilida, about 10 km northwest of Porto Heli, here you will be treated to the freshest and most mouthwatering prawns.

Water Activities

Sailing and yachting are very popular here with a renowned water ski school and the annual Spetses classic yacht regatta. Sea lovers can enjoy plenty of watersport activities such as scuba diving, marathons, kids sailing, paddle boating, and windsurfing.

To Swim

There are so many beautiful beaches, bays, and coves including Hinitsa, Kounoupi, and Blue Beach, which has a nice tavern and also check out Ververonta Beach for its calm water and fancy beach bars. Paralia is the main beach with lots of water activities, while Triantafyllou, Petrothalassa, and Paralia Kosta are secluded and ideal for a picnic.

Day Trips

In 10 minutes you can arrive by taxi boat to the picturesque island of Spetses, as well as the nearby islands of Poros and Hydra, where you can discover pretty towns, shops, cafes, bars, and seaside restaurants. Porto Heli is also great for road trips to historic sites such as the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Mycenae, and Nafplio