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GREECE: Stumbling on Spetses

Marie Lozano

Feeling cool cruising in my moped, I kept repeating ‘this is how we roll’ in the posh island of Spetses until a tricky turn on a hill sent my bike and I crashing into a ditch. More than a few scratches and a broken ego, I looked around to see if anyone else saw my fall. After dusting and consoling myself (this was my first time to drive a moped after all), I continued to explore this peaceful island paradise. 

In Spetses, no private cars are allowed; only motorcycles and horse drawn carriages.  A google search about Spetses would reveal that this is a playground for shipping tycoons and European royalty. This place was the idyllic setting for the royal wedding of Prince Nikolaos to Tatiana Blatnik in 2010. Spetses is considered by many to be the Monaco of Greece. Ah, this was my chance to have a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous

Spetses is a 2 hour ride via hydrofoil from the Pireaus which is the port of Athens. You can also drive to the Peleponnese and take a 15 minute boat ride to the island. You know you’ve arrived  once you see the iconic Poseidonion Hotel. www.poseidonion.com

Spetses is lined with deli’s, restaurants, and boutiques that cater to a more upscale crowd, but there are also many affordable options for those on a budget.

My mishap on the moped didn’t stop me the next day from braving the hills of Spetses.

Now, thinking that I am an experienced rider, I visited the beaches of the Island.

 

My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer.