Spetses

Spetses is a picturesque, historic island within the Saronic Gulf. Only 54 nautical miles from Athens makes it a popular destination not only for the Greeks, but also for international travelers. “The island of perfumes”, as it was named by the Venetians, is a beautiful, car-free island famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. Spetses has an elegant atmosphere thanks to its well-preserved Venetian mansions of its Town.

Landmarks and Museums

  • The House of Bouboulina was built around the end of the 17th This private museum is housed in the home of Lascarina Baboulina, one of the few female heroes of the Greek Revolution. This traditional Spetsiote mansion is an interesting visit for its collection and for its wood-carved Florentine ceiling.
  • The House of Hatzigiannis Mexis is a magnificent 200-year-old mansion that was built between 1795 and 1798. It was donated to the Greek state in 1938 by the heirs of the Mexis family. Today the house hosts Spetses Museum. The exhibits represent more than 4,000 years of cultural history on the island.
  • The Church of Panagia Armata was built between 1824 and 1830 by the Spetsiote captain Ioannis Kroutsis to honor the defeat of the Ottoman fleet in 1822.
  • The Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos is the most famous church in Spetses. It was here the island’s independence flag was raised on 3rd April 1821. It can easily be distinguished from far away thanks to its tall bell tower that was built in 1805 with marble from Tinos.
  • The Old Harbour of Spetses, Baltiza, is located 1.5 km from Dapia, the new harbour. It was an important shipbuilding center during the 18th and 19th

Discover Spetses

There are many old footpaths in Spetses for hikers to enjoy. They lead to tiny chapels, secluded beaches and hilltops with fantastic views. Touring the island by bicycle is another great way to experience this beautiful island with its lovely nature. Or why not take a romantic trip around the island in horsedrawn carriages.

The biggest celebration of the island is the Armata. It takes place every September and involves a fleet of the island’s boats, music and fireworks in honor of naval victory during the Greek revolution.

Bekiri’s Cave, close to the beach of Agios Anargyros, is a unique spot of natural beauty. The interior of the cave is amazing; stalactites, stalagmites, blue-green water and a small sandy beach.

Spetses Beaches: There are many beautiful beaches in Spetses. Agioi Anargiroi is one of the largest and most developed beaches on the island with sand, pebbles and deep waters. Agia Paraskevi is a beautiful sandy and pebbled, organised beach with crystal water shaded by a pine forest. The Agia Marina beach is the most visited beach on Spetses. It is an organised beach with beach bars, restaurants and water sports. Xylokeriza is a lovely sandy and pebbled beach surrounded by much greenery. It is one of the most untouched and calm beaches on the island. Vrellos beach, also known as Paradise, is a lovely sandy and pebbled beach surrounded by pine forest. With pine trees that stretch down to the beach, Zogeria beach is a secluded beach located in a lovely cove. The locals consider it the most beautiful beach on the island with its clean and turquoise colored water.

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