Spetses is an Athenian favourite and a historic island. While continuing to remain relatively under the radar, the island has cultivated a low-key yet luxurious reputation. It’s an image helped enormously by the imposing Poseidonion Grand Hotel on the harbour, which acts as a triumphant climax to the row of hyper-expensive swimwear stores and boutiques that throng the town. Read Culture Trip’s guide to what to wear in Spetses.
What to wear in Spetses
Dress up without trying too hard with a cotton or linen two-piece suit, which offers a way to breeze through all evening occasions in Spetses. Whether you’re dining at a fancy restaurant, meditating at the beach, strolling through the town to enjoy a late-night drink on the terrace at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel or entertaining on your verandah, a chilled-out two-piece suit is the ultimate Spetses attire. Mango’s linen designs have a luxurious feel while remaining affordable, while Greek brand Ioanna Kourbelis is the place to look if you want something more authentic. For timeless elegance, we love Vanessa Bruno’s understated crepe offering.
Spetses is a famously green island, with pine trees sweeping through much of the landscape and providing much-appreciated shade on the beaches. Blend in with, and be kind to, nature by investing in sustainable swimwear. Weekday’s simple swimwear staples in bright colours and prints are made from all-natural materials and provide stylish, sustainable swimwear that works for all body shapes. Meanwhile, local boutiques behind the harbour sell selections by Greek designers and ethically made designs.
The basket bag may be having a general fashion moment, but for island getaways, it never really went out of style. These are the perfect sand-proof accessories for throwing in everything you might need for the beach and also a structured, stylish finish to evening outfits. The small boutiques around the new and old harbours in Spetses have an abundance of basket bags, lending an authentic finish to your outfit.
While the novelty of travelling around the island by horse and cart could theoretically take up most of your time, you should try to leave a little bit of space for shopping in the main town. Stavros Niarchos Street is full of hidden gems that will keep you busy for much of the evening.
If you’re looking to invest in local Greek designers in Spetses, then you should visit Sea+Sun. Located in the main town of Dapia, the boutique offers a slick edit of summery womenswear with everything from bikinis to kaftans, sandals and statement accessories. The owners are friendly and welcoming and always on hand to lend fashion advice.
Guaranteed to solve all of your luxury swimwear inclinations, On the Deck Donna is the only place to visit if you want to nail your bikini game. The store offers an extensive range of designers and styles. Whether you’re looking to invest in a timeless Eres bikini or looking for a more statement option for the summer season, there’s no lack of possibilities.
If you’re looking for minimalist basics from a Greek fashion brand, head to Parthenis. The label offers slick, modernist designs rendered in neutral tones. For evening, drawstring skirts and slinky rayon dresses will help you nail Spetses style, while for daytime, their simple linen looks are perfect for exploring the island.
Head to the less-populated north of the island to explore the picturesque Petrokaravo Mproupoulo cove. This small and sleepy beach is perfect for truly getting away from it all. Such isolation and tranquillity offer a different kind of luxury. There’s no restaurant on the beach, but you can head to the nearby Zogeria Restaurant for a traditional Greek lunch. The taverna is at the back of a similarly tranquil beach and is a perfect place to sip local wine in the shade and listen to the sounds of the sea.
Baltiza, the Old Harbour
In summer, if you’re looking for a wild evening, then head to the Baltiza, Spetses’ old harbour. Plenty of bars sit around the curve of the harbour and offer views of yachts and fishing boats, many of which are made on the island. For cocktails, start at BIKINI or La Luz, two spots which guarantee great people-watching as well as drinks. Later on, head to Guzel Spetses nightclub for decadent dancing. Arrive at the old harbour a little earlier in the evening, and you can also browse inside a selection of stylish boutiques and eat at the acclaimed Tarsanas restaurant.