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Spetses - AROUND THE ISLAND - inlAnd of the shore

AROUND THE ISLAND
Inland of the shore

Some of the older churches of the town can be seen by following Botasis Street which leads uphill from the left hand side of the Anargyros Mansion, behind the Dapia. Some of the older houses, to either side, have decorated marble panels inset in their façades: one example, in Baroque style, on the front of the Botasis Mansion, 250m up the street on the left, displays a medallion framed by deeply cut olive fronds. By descending to the right just beyond the three-apsed church of Aghios Giorgios, crossing the bridge below, and climbing again for 150m to the south, you come to the church of the Koimisis tis Theotokou, which functioned as the island’s cathedral be fore the bishop’s seat moved to Aghios Nikolaos. (Generally open around 4pm for cleaning: otherwise key in house across dip to south of church.) The exterior was decorated with inset ceramic dishes as trophies; many have been re moved, but those around the apse remain. The interior which is of inscribed cross plan surmounted by a dome is attractively proportioned and luminous. Descending once again from here, towards the coast, you pass the church of the Taxiarches to the left and the large church of the Aghia Triada (1793) to the right of the street: both—as was frequently the case on Spetses—were built by rich Spetsiot merchants, Giorgios Economou and Emmanuel Papatheodorou respectively. In the neighbour hood are a number of the older houses and gardens of the town, some in ruins.


Spetses Island is part of the Argosaronic Island Group, Greece.


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access

Spetses Island, the Argosaronic.

By boat: In addition to an (all-weather) car and pas senger ferry which runs daily from Piraeus to Spetses in summer, and 5 times weekly in the winter, Spetses has typically 3 connections a day by Hydrofoil and three by fast Catamaran, which ply the route from Piraeus to Spetses via Poros, Hydra and Ermioni, and on to Porto Heli. All these vessels are run by Hellenic Seaways (www.hellenicsea ways.gr). For the reduced services of the faster vessels between mid-October and Easter, which can sometimes be suspended in bad weather, it is best to visit the company"s web-site. The 15-min crossing from Kosta on the mainland opposite Spetses is made by the car-ferry, Katerina Star, 4 times daily, leaving Kosta at 8, 10.30, 1.20 and 5.
Note: private cars belonging to non residents on the island are not allowed on Spetses.

 

Spetses Travel Guide

eating

Spetses Island, the Argosaronic.

Two traditional tavernas stand out; the fish taverna, Patralis, at the western end of Spetses town in Kounoupitsa, is welcoming with good service and delicious fish dishes, amongst which is the typical "psari á la Spetsiotika".
200m up Botasis Street from the Anargyros Mansion, Lazaros Taverna, behind the church of Aghios Giorgios, is one of the few traditional, neighbour hood tavernas surviving in the town. Fresh goat"s-milk yoghurt and a variety of natu ral products can be bought at "Mandragorás" store, close to the clock tower.

 

Spetses Travel Guide

lodging

Spetses Island, the Argosaronic.

Since the closure of Spetses’ historic Hotel Poseidonion for renovation, the luxury end of the scale is represented by the rather sterile facilities of the Nissia Traditional Residences on the water front, west of Dapia: the residences are not ‘traditional’, but modern luxury apart ments (T. 22980 75000–10, fax 75012, www.nissia.gr). Slightly further west on the sea front is the Archontiko Economou, providing all comforts in a restored, traditional Spetsiot house of 1851 (T. 22980 73400, fax 74074, www. spetsesyc.gr/economoumansion. htm). Simple but comfortable accommodation (medium price) is offered at the Hotel Roumani at Dapia (T. 22980 72244, fax 73061, www.hotel roumani.gr). These last two are open year-round.

Spetses Travel Guide

practical info

Spetses Island, the Argosaronic.

180 50 Spétses or, more formally, Spétsai:
area 20sq. km
perimeter 31km
resident population 3,772
max. altitude 245m.
Port Authority: T. 22980 72245.
Travel and information: Spetses Travel, T. 22980 73400, www.spetses.gr

Spetses Travel Guide

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