Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses,
GR-180 50 Spetses Island,
The historic Anargyrios & Korgialenios School is a former boarding school, now an attractive venue for meetings and events.
The complex contains meeting rooms, accommodation, and dining facilities. The beach is right outside the School, and the town is just a short walk away.
Participants will be sharing rooms, usually 2 people per room but sometimes 3 or 4. Bathrooms are shared between several rooms. Males and Females will be accommodated on separate floors. The School provides bed linen, bath and face towels, but not beach towels, which you must bring. Internet is available, and wireless, but is slow and sometimes difficult to connect.
There are 3 easy options to get to the Summer School:
- Take a public fast ferry or hydrofoil from Athens’ port of Piraeus
- Take a short slow ferry from Porto Heli, or a fast water taxi from Costa, which are costal towns in the Peloponnese very close to Spetses.
- Use our free transfers from Athens airport on the 8th (afternoon) and 14th (morning)
Plan 1) Cost: 45 – 100 euro. Time: 4 – 6 hours.
Make your way through Athens by bus / metro / taxi to Piraeus Harbour, then take a public Ferry to Spetses. This is the cheap and very scenic route, and the best if you plan to be staying in Athens before the course. A taxi from the airport to the harbor will cost at least 50 euro, and we recommend that you pre-book with an established company.
From the airport to Piraeus by Metro (8 euro, 1.5 hours):
Follow the signs at the airport to find the metro station. Take the metro line 3 (“blue line”) towards Egaleo/ΑΙΓΑΛΕΩ. At the Monastiraki/ΜΟΝΑΣΤΗΡΑΚΙ station, you must change trains to line 1 (the "green line"). to Pireas/ΠΕΙΡΑΙΑΣ. The Metro runs every day, 06:30 to 23:30, and tickets cost 8 euro (single) or 14 euro (return). There might also be a student ticket for 4 euro. You can buy a ticket from a machine at the station. You must invalidate the ticket with a time stamp at the gate to the platform, before you board the train.
From the airport to Piraeus by Bus (5 euro, 2 hours):
The X96 Airport Express bus leaves directly outside the arrivals area of the airport (between doors 4 and 5). Take this bus nearly to the end of the line, at Piraeus harbour. The exact stop name is "ΠΛ.ΚΑΡΑΙΣΚΑΚΗ" (Karaiskaki Square). Then it is a short walk (towards the water) to find a large iron gate where you enter the harbour area. Look for a Hellenic Seaways ticket booth, and ask them where to find your boat. The bus runs 24 hours, every 20 or 30 minutes. Tickets cost 5 euro (2.50 for student) for a one-way trip, and can be bought from the driver or the small blue information kiosk by the bus stop (outside) at the airport.
From Piraeus to Spetses by Ferry:
The official ferry schedules will probably only be available in early 2016, but there will likely be 4 or 5 daily options, by fast catamaran or “flying dolphin” hydrofoils. You should arrive at Piraeus 30 minutes before the departure time, to allow time to purchase or pick up your ticket, and find the boat! You can buy your ticket at Piraeus, or pre-book it online, and pick it up at the Harbour. The office is called "Hellenic Seaways Maritime S.A." and can be found very near where the ferry leaves, at Astiggos 6, Karaiskaki Sq., 185 31, Piraeus. It seems you can also pick up these tickets at the (many) sales booths on the harbour itself, and at some automated "e-ticket" collection machines.
Piraeus to Spetses costs 38.50 Euro (economy) each way (correct as at Nov 2015). On the bigger "Flying Cat" boat, business class tickets of about 48.50 Euro may be available.
The ferry leaves from gate "E8" - ARGOSARONIC. Sometimes the ferries (especially the "flying dolphin" hydrofoils) are docked between gate E8 and E9. Ask at a Hellenic booth to confirm where your boat is.
Plan 2) Cost: 250 - 300 euro. Time: 3 - 4 hours.
First, travel to the town of Costa (by car, taxi, or bus). Costa is about 150 km from Athens, on the Argolis peninsula of the Peloponnese. It is the closest point on the mainland to Spetses island. Head in the direction of Corinth, then take the exit for Epidavros. Head for Kranidi, Porto Heli, and finally Costa. A taxi should cost around 250 euro and take about 2 or 2.5 hours. A bus might cost 20 Euro, and usually requires a change in Nafplio.
From Costa (or Porto Heli), take a water taxi to the island of Spetses. A water taxi is a small boat that holds up to 8 people. They run on demand, 24 hours per day. The fare can be a little higher between midnight and 6 am.
The price is per trip, not per person. That is, two (or more) people in the boat can share the cost. In practice this means the trips are very cheap. Kosta to Spetses should be around 30 euro, and Porto Heli to Spetses around 50 euro, each way
Plan 3) Cost: none. Time 4 – 5 hours.
We will provide (free) "School Bus" transfers between the Airport and the School on August the 8th and 14th. The bus will leave directly from Athens Airport and drive for 3 - 4 hours to Costa, followed by a short 15-minute boat-trip to Spetses island, where you will land within walking distance of the school. The bus will not stop in central Athens nor at Piraeus port, but will likely make one rest stop en route.
About the Area
Spetses is a small Greek island, with a population of around 4,000. It can only be reached by sea, but is easily accessible from mainland Greece. There are no private cars allowed on Spetses, but you can get around most areas by walking, and further afield by taxi, rented bicycle, water taxi, or horse and carriage. The island is popular with tourists in the summer, and there are many shops, restaurants, cafes, and facilities. Meal times can seem late compared to Northern Europe, with most people lunching 13:00 – 15:00 and dining 20:00 – 24:00. On hot August days, the temperature can be 30 – 35 degrees in the middle of the day, and humid. This is why our more intensive lectures and research talks are held in the cooler mornings and evenings.