48 Hours in Spetses
Written By Lena Harizopoulos
What: Spetses – a small Greek island – just 2 hours away from Athens with hydrofoil or a 3 hour drive.
For its unique character and beauty, its affluent air, for its picturesque paved paths where no cars are aloud just horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians, for its rich history that is imprinted everywhere on the island – an island so heroic – since it was the 1st to raise the flag of revolution in 1821 against the Turcs.
Spetses can easily overtake Port Fino when it comes to beauty and uniqueness. It is a true jewel among the Greek island that shaken all your senses.
The shy Horse – a new entry on the island located at the old harbor – it has not been so shy after all with 2 other sister restaurants in Athens – the Spetses edition is a full-blown contemporary Mediterranean restaurant with a focus on seafood, very cute interiors, ideal though for al fresco dining with a great port view.
On the Veranda is another great spot for idyllic dining at the veranda of Poseidonion Grand Hotel at the new port with again a menu with extensive references to Greek revisited cuisine by chef Stamatis Marmarinos – an up and coming Greek chef.
Finally at Vizantino – Orloff restaurant I had a top seafood dinner enjoying prime view and a great crowd to watch. Do not miss it.
La esquina Spetses behind the old port is perfect for dinner and drinks ideal for bigger groups of people – for late drinks hit Guzel further down on the corner.
At Vanilia Patisserie just off Dapia the new port – a very cute pink candy store has opened 4 years ago which houses the yummiest traditional almond bites plus super-fresh marmelades and jams.
For Clothes go to the Closet and Soho Soho
The Asian Spa tucked at the backyard of the Poseidon Grand Hotel offers great environment with spacious beauty cabins, Ila Ila organic beauty products and top therapists. Try the Ila chakra well being and do not miss the Ila Couple connect if you are with your loved one.
Do not miss:
a jog from the new port to the old port after the sun has set or a sunset at the old port alone or with company.
Piece de resistence:
A romantic sun set dinner on the water by the old port
48 Hours in Spetses – Lenasblackbook