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Spetses Car Hire Greece Greek Rentals

If you're thinking of hiring a car during your visit to Spetses think again...because you can't! Cars are banned on the island but Spetses is not an entirely traffic free zone like its neighbour Hydra. Motorbikes and scooters are allowed and rental outlets are plentiful in Spetses Town so you might want to join the hordes of holidaymakers who opt for two wheeled transport as the best way of exploring the island.

It's not essential to hire a moped as regular buses and water taxis run to and from the most popular beaches. There are plenty of beaches within easy walking distance of the town and for getting around the town itself you can use one of the many horse drawn carriages available for hire (pricey but ever popular with first time visitors).

But with the benefit of a scooter or mountain bike you'll be able to explore the island's coastline at your leisure and discover the many secluded coves which nestle between the most popular tourist spots. A 24 kilometre road (part paved, part dirt) rings the island with numerous rough tracks leading off it, inviting you to visit hidden corners far from the madding crowds.

Strictly speaking you should have a proper motorbike licence to ride anything over 49 CC but many rental firms are happy to accept an EU or international driver's licence. Make sure you wear a helmet partly because you have to under Greek law and partly because there are many fatalities and serious injuries each year caused by motorbike accidents involving foreign holidaymakers.

If you're staying in Spetses Town, a scooter will come in handy because the town sprawls along almost half of the island's north east coastline and it's a good 40 minutes walk from one end to the other. If you plan to venture further afield you can either take the road south from the Old Harbour towards the bustling east coast resort of Agia Marina or head north out towards Anargyrios College.

If you're a fan of the English novelist John Fowles you'll be interested to see the college where he taught in the 1950s and which he used as the setting for part of his most famous book, The Magus. The college was established as an English style boarding school by the island's great philanthropist Sotirios Anargyrios after whom the popular west coast beach resort is named.

En route to Agioi Anargyri you'll come across many detours down to beautiful bays and quiet coves, some served by seasonal tavernas. If you take the southerly route there's a rough track leading off the road down to the lovely beach of Xylokeriza at the southernmost tip of the island.

Between the busy pine fringed beaches of Agioi Anargyri and Agia Paraskevi you can see the hill top house which also figured prominently in The Magus. Villa Yasemia is available to rent and is a popular choice of holiday accommodation among Fowles aficionados.