Spetses is in the Saronic Islands and can be reached by high-speed hydrofoil in two hours from Piraeus harbor, the main jumping off point to the Greek Islands from Athens. It’s a charming island to explore for its laid-back Mediterranean charm, Venetian mansions and solitary beaches. Here are some suggestions of what to do on Spetses.
The weather in Greece in summer almost guarantees blue skies and temperatures averaging around 82°F (28°C), which is ideal for lazing on beaches or sitting on yachts but not always conducive to trekking round Athens in the mid-afternoon sun. Still you can get round this by rising at the crack of dawn to visit the Acropolis and Temple of Zeus before the mercury starts to soar, or leaving sightseeing until late afternoon. Either way, the courtyard bars and restaurants of Plaka and Psiri are at their best on balmy summer evenings.
The island of Crete is the largest in Greece, covering 3,100 square miles (8,000 sq km), and it’s rich in beaches, pretty towns, scenic natural wonders, and classical culture. It’s a destination that deserves much more than just one day but here’s how to make the best of your time there if it’s limited.
Greece welcomes almost 2.5 million cruise passengers each year on a variety of up to 940 ships large and small. The majority of these all have a port of call in Athens, gateway to the ancient world and owner of mind-boggling classical ruins and quality museums – in short a sightseer’s paradise. Depending on time in port, there are also plenty of day trips that can be taken, both on the Greek mainland and out into the islands, using Athens as a base
Think of Greece and most people conjure up images of classical ruins and museums, but while Athens may not be first choice for vacationing with young kids, there’s plenty to offer children of all ages throughout the country.