Speires, a cycladic hotel in Iraklia, are more than a hotel

Our guests become our friends, our own people, not just "strangers". When they leave they feel nostalgic, they feel the need to return to the place where they have experienced that feeling that is so hard to describe. Speires is what we call home.

Light, rocks, elements that blend in so well with the environment. Architecture built on the raw Cycladic landscape, artistic interventions by the artist Giorgos Polymeros. Views of the harbor and the surrounding islands… But most importantly our warm embrace.

Why Iraklia, this tiny island of Small Cyclades?

Because of the long history of this little island, that reflects upon today with a beauty like no other.

Why Speires?

The title is attributed to the spiral cave paintings that still exist today on the island and date back to the Early Bronze Age (30,000 BCE). The engraved spirals of Ιraklia, as they were named due to their construction, can be found engraved on stones and rocks scattered around the northern area of Agios Athanasios, Agios Mamas, the village of Panagia and on the slope of the Northern Spilia.

Speires, a cycladic hotel in Iraklia, are more than a hotel
Speires, a cycladic hotel in Iraklia, are more than a hotel
Speires, a cycladic hotel in Iraklia, are more than a hotel
Speires, a cycladic hotel in Iraklia, are more than a hotel

From 1998 until today, 23 spiral homocentric cave-paintings have been found and recorded on the island. Many of them have been destroyed over time, as it was believed that piratic treasures were hidden underneath the spiral- engraved stones. However but they have not been associated with piratic activities are they are symbols of the Early Bronze Age.

There are plenty of theories regarding the symbolism of the spirals. Some people detect astrological references, motions of the sun and the moon, while certain researchers claim that they are road signs, marking springs or snake symbolisms for good luck. In Ιraklia, the spirals (speires) are facing the East and could possibly mark the areas of cemeteries, as in a couple of cases graves have been found nearby. The interpretations are plentiful ... As are the associations of this symbol to other cultures around the world.

So Speires, because this is our respectful history that we want to keep it intact.

Accommodation in Iraklia island at Small Cyclades

Iraklia island has managed to keep its calm vibe away from mass tourism. This is a perfect destination to enjoy some private and peaceful moments.

 

  • Speires Hotel Superior Room, Iraklia Small Cyclades
    Junior Suites, Iraklia Small Cyclades
    JUNIOR SUITES
     
    The ideal choice for couples, but also for families looking for a comfortable and special stay in Herakleia. They have a master bedroom with a double bed and a lounge area with two comfortable sofas, where our guests can enjoy their coffee or drink. The bathrooms are spacious, with large showers and double basins, and are equipped with argan toiletries and soft bathrobes. The magnificent view of the Aegean Sea and the harbor of Herakleia from the private veranda of the rooms, ensures unforgettable romantic moments,
    (Designed to accomodate two or four individuals / 40m²) 
  • Speires Hotel Superior Double Room, Iraklia Small Cyclades
    SUPERIOR DOUBLE ROOM
     
    Spacious and comfortable rooms, minimally decorated, combining high aesthetics and simplicity. The superior double rooms feature an open plan and they are spacious with modern and comfortable bathrooms. They all have a private terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea or the picturesque harbor of Iraklia.
    (Designed to accommodate two or three individuals / 28m²). 
  • Speires Hotel Standard Double Room, Iraklia Small Cyclades
    STANDARD DOUBLE ROOM
     
    Open plan, spacious rooms, decorated in soft hues that create a relaxing mood for our guests at first glance. They have a terrace offering sea, mountain or garden view.
    Standard double rooms can accommodate up to three people and guarantee an unforgettable stay. (23m²) 

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Iraklia Breakfast

At Speires you can enjoy your breakfast at the terrace of the café, overlooking the sea, or at the courtyard. Breakfast to us is a ritual and it's preparation our pleasure. Our philosophy is to emphasize the quality... So our breakfast consists of home-made flavors and selected products. Homemade jams, thyme honey, fruit preserves, cakes, cold cuts and local cheese, handmade toasties, warm bread, fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables, milk and yogurt, cereal, cold and hot drinks make up a complete and healthy breakfast. Alternatively in our menu you will find a variety of breakfast options to fit your eating habits.

Breakfast: 8:00 - 11:00

 

Iraklia Wine Bar

Our love of wine and everything that goes with it, flavorful dishes and good friends is what drove us to create a wine bar on site, with a rich collection of high quality wines by small winemakers and varieties from all over Greece, in order to offer a unique wine-tasting experience to our guests during their holidays, overlooking the Aegean Sea. In our cellar you will also find white and red organic wine.

 

Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty

The hotel Speires is located in Agios Georgios of Iraklia, in the Small (lesser) Cyclades and is approximately 1 hour by boat from the port of Naxos (18 nautical miles). It is built amphitheatrically overlooking the Aegean Sea and is a 10-minute walk from the beaches of Livadi and Agios Georgios. The island has two settlements, Agios Georgios, where the port is located and Panagia where it is the island's city. The two settlements are connected by a 4 km long asphalt road.

Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty
Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty
Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty
Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty
Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty
Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty
Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty
Iraklia Small Island, Cycladic Beauty

There are three accessible beaches in Iraklia: Livadi, Agios Georgios and Tourkopigado. The inaccessible beaches, such as Alimia, Karvounolako and Mericha, can be visited by the speedboat "Anemos" daily.


All the beaches of Iraklia are clean and the sea is crystal clear and blue. In the summertime, there are daily excursions with a speed boat that goes round the island with long stops at the hard to reach beaches of the island that make up the unique puzzle of the coastline of Iraklia.


That’s the easiest to reach beach, perfect for those who don’t feel like walking or moving around a lot. The sea is a beautiful turquoise green and the trees on the beach generously offer their shade.

10min by foot

Road

A large sandy beach that stretches in both length and width. The Venetiko island, right across it, the view of the Schinoussa and the Livadi Castle, rising behind it, make up the scenery. White sand, and shallow waters, Livadi is the ideal beach for all ages. On the beach there are trees, benches made of stone and a beach-volley net.

10 min by foot

Road

The beach of Tourkopigado is located in the homonymous picturesque bay that is only a short distance away from the island's city, Panagia. The view of the narrow bay above, as you get off the asphalt road is amazing. A couple of fishing boats and a few goats climbing up the hill leading to the sea, paint the graphic image of the beach. It has white pebbles on the coast and beautiful turquoise waters.

15 min by car – 40 min by foot

Road

A small beach between Meriha and Alimia with thick pebbles and clear waters. What makes it so unique is the one-of-a-kind color of its waters and the rocks surrounding it that impress with their cave-like formations.

Access by boat

The bay of Alimia hosts two gorgeous, windless beaches and is located on the southwest coast of the island. They are both sandy, with splendid waters deepening at a longer distance from the coast, while one has natural shaded areas thanks to a small cave-like rock that rises behind it. Alimia is also perfect for diving, as under its turquoise waters there is a German plane crash, dated back to the Second World War.

Access by boat

It is a small yet impressive beach in the bay of Merichas. Surrounded by enormous imposing cliffs, with fine pebbles on the beach, clear waters and interesting underwater surroundings.

Access by boat

Iraklia is a destination that offers a variety of natural beauties and alternative activities for those who love nature in addition to sun, sea, beautiful beaches, steep cliffs all in an one-stop destination for your holidays. It’s an island with many mountains to be explored, while enjoying the majestic views of Iraklia and the surrounding islands, also ideal for bird watching. There are paths for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Hiking here takes on another level. The island has been included to the Natura 2000 network, and the hiker/nature lover can hike from hill to hill, observing the uniqueness of the nature and enjoy the magical views from various part of the island. There are plenty of routes to be recommended.


A 2 km route goes by the chapel of Prophet Elias and ends at the highest point of the island (at 418 m), where the view is impressive: it embraces all the surrounding islands (Ios, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Donousa, Ikaria , Koufonisia, Schinoussa, Amorgos, Anafi, Santorini) as well as, nearly all, the lacy beaches of Iraklia and fades in the blue of the Aegean Sea.

1 hour

Medium – Hard

A 1.5 km route that leads to a place of exceptional natural beauty, the bay of Mericha, surrounded by vertical rocks, over 100 meters high, the nestling place of wild birds and birds of prey.

45 min

Medium

A 2,5 km hike to the southwest of Panagia leads to the famous cave, the largest of the Cyclades and one of the most interesting ones in Greece. On August 28th, the eve of St. John's Day, the cave room hosts a ceremony in the evening under light of hundreds of candles. The cave has a wonderful view of the sea and is half an hour's walk away.

1,5 hours

Medium – Hard

A short, 1km. ascent on the slope of Pappas hill that takes about 45 min. The footpath, which is of moderated difficulty, starts at an elevation of 165m. and ends at 275m. Exceptional view.

45 min

Medium - Hard

A 1,460m. trail (45 minutes) of moderate difficulty that takes you to the island’s hinterland. It starts at an elevation of 150m. and ends at 100m. Spot rare flora species on the way. Wonderful view, unspoiled nature, rare flora.

45 min

Hard

An alternative route 3 km towards old settlement of Agios Athanasios via an old road that starts from Agios Georgios.

1,5 hours

Medium

This 3km. route (about one hour) leads to the traditional settlement of Agios Athanassios via an old dirt road which crosses the small plain with the olive groves and seasonal farming produce. The now abandoned settlement features a particular architectural style while the chapel of the same name offers exceptional views.

1 hour

Easy

This route is 1.3m. long and takes 30 minutes on a level road. Vorini Spilia is a secluded bay that was utilized as a hideout by Allied ships during WWII, and features two small beaches.

40 min

Medium

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