A short walk from Spetses town, in Kounoupitsa, the traditional Economou Mansion (2, doubles from €185) is much loved for its huge balconies.
Also in Kounoupitsa is the luxurious Nissia (2, doubles from €245).
At the Orloff (2, closed Nov-Apr, doubles €160-€220) guests can enjoy breakfast in a flower-filled courtyard. Hotel Mistral (2, doubles €120-€150) offers rooms in a traditional stone mansion with a cool yard.
Poros is a lively, pine-covered island close to some of the most striking archaeological sites in the Peloponnese, and home to around 4,000 inhabitants.
If you're visiting Athens and feel like an island break but only have one or two days to spare, the Argosaronic offers the perfect opportunity for a rejuvenating getaway.Poros (meaning 'ford' or 'crossing') is actually two islands – Sferia (the tiny volcanic peninsula that is home to Poros town) and the larger Kalabria – separated by a shallow artificial canal.Poros town's skyline is dominated by the Clock Tower, which looms over the café-lined waterfront.Most of its islands are just a couple of hours away by high-speed hydrofoil, with Aegina close enough to pop over to for lunch and be back by evening.These four islands – the cosmopolitan Spetses (two hours by hydrofoil), picture-perfect Hydra (90 minutes), pine-clad Poros (one hour) and pleasantly bustling Aegina (40 minutes) – all make invigorating day trips or relaxing weekend breaks.Armatahotel (2, closed Nov-Feb, doubles from €90) is a boutique venue that has been converted from a traditional island home.