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Spetses Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

The coastline of Spetses is speckled with pretty pine fringed coves and the island's numerous pebble beaches are among the best in the Saronic Gulf. There are several beaches dotted along the waterfront in and around Spetses Town but the best beaches are on the west coast. Caiques and water taxis leave Dapia each morning for the most popular beaches and several buses a day run between the town and Agioi Anargyri on the opposite side of the island.

The town beaches include busy Agia Mamas and College Beach, in front of Anargyrios College near Hotel Spetses. Further west along the coast from College Beach you'll come to Ligoneri where you can swim before enjoying a meal under the pines at the popular Panas taverna. Hourly buses leave from the Hotel Possidonion in Spetses Town for Ligoneri.

At the northern end of the island there's the attractive beach of Vrellas, at the mouth of a wooded valley, or try scenic Zogeria in the north east corner of Spetses where you can swim off the rocks or from the small beach which is served by a good taverna.

If you head south east along the coast from the Old Harbour you'll come to the small resort of Agia Marina (about half an hour on foot) which is awash with bars, cafes, watersports and night clubs.

At the southern tip of the island there's tranquil Xylokeriza which is far less frantic than Agia Marina and the west coast beaches. It's a picturesque beach of smooth white stones and a few tourist facilities including sun beds and shades for hire. The bus from Spetses Town to Agioi Anargyri will drop you off at the start of the track leading down to the beach (about 15 minutes walk from the road).

Not surprisingly beautiful Agioi Anargyri attracts the lion's share of package holiday tourists who flock to this long crescent of fine sand, backed by pine trees and lapped by crystal clear shallow water. There are two tavernas here and a wealth of watersports including water ski ing, windsurfing and canoeing. To the right of the bay, as you face the water, there's a sea cave which you can swim to or reach on foot. Be warned that this beach gets seriously crowded after midday in high season.

A short distance north along the coast lies lovely Agia Paraskevi which is one of the most beautiful coves on the island. Nestling amid the pine trees, this sand and pebble beach has a taverna and watersports but is less crowded than its southern neighbour.

Hardened hikers make the journey from Spetses Town to Agioi Anargyri and Agia Paraskevi on foot, using the tracks which cross the centre of the island. But the best way to explore the island's coastline is with a moped. A 24 kilometre road (part tarmac part dirt) rings the island and with your own transport you'll be able to find many delightful secluded coves, free from the package holiday hordes.