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Spetsai is probably best known as the (thinly disguised) setting for John Fowles seminal novel, The Magus. Fowles lived on Spetsai in the 1950s, when it was a popular upmarket destination for weekending Athenians. These days, Spetsai Town is the biggest in the Saronic islands, while the pine-forested interior is largely uninhabited.

Like Hydra, Spetsai prospered on the back of its merchant fleet in the eighteenth century, with many fine houses and public buildings surviving from this time. Without the same building restrictions as Hydra, the development that has happened on Spetsai has not always been sympathetic, but it is a lively and vibrant town, with plenty to interest those on a Spetsai yacht charter.

It’s an enjoyable town to wander or take a horse-drawn carriage around, admiring the majestic old houses and gardens scattered amongst the narrow streets.  An interesting local museum is housed in what was the Hatsiyannis Maxis family mansion above the east side of town.

In Spetsai, the harbour is known as the Dapia. The main town square with the busy shopping streets of the old town is tucked behind it. The Old Harbour is where you will moor up – it’s an upmarket area with plentiful bars and restaurants and the focus of the island’s nightlife. You can hire bikes and scooters to explore the interior of the island, but one of the beauties of having your own yacht at your disposal is the freedom to explore the coastline of the island at your own steady pace.

You can circumnavigate the whole island in about three hours, but you’ll probably want to make a day of it and pull into some of the terrific beaches or lovely quiet coves that are hard to reach by land.

What better way to spend an afternoon than anchored in a beautiful, tranquil swimming spot, taking a dip whenever the mood takes you?



  • Stern-to in the Old Harbour.

To Do:

  • Explore the town
  • Swim and snorkel


  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Provisions