Spetses

Island in Attica

Without cars or motorbikes, the tranquility of this island is unmatched. A short trip from Athens, this cosmo island is Athenians' favorite escape.

An aerial photo showing the old port and a part of Spetses settlement.
photo: dronepicr / CC BY 2.0

Attractions & Things to Do in Spetses

Port of Spetses, Dapia

Its big docks can serve larger ferries, leisure, and passenger boats, while at the nearby small bay are mooring the sea taxis of the island.

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Bouboulina's Statue in Spetses Port

Since 1985 is situated in front of the Poseidonion Hotel in the main port of the island and honors the only woman to hold the rank of admiral.

↖ NW
< 1km

Armata Festival

A series of events extending for a week and culminate with the spectacular representation of the Naval Battle of the 8th September 1822.

Bouboulina Museum

The house of one of the most significant personalities of the Greek revolution against the Turkish occupation transformed into a museum.

↙ SW
< 1km

Ciné Titania, Spetses Town

Historical summer cinema that was founded during the 60's has a special sliding roof that providing protection to the audience.

↙ SW
< 1km

Agios Mamas Beach, Spetses Town

The beach of Spetses Town, just a few meters away from the port. Small and not organized but it has access to many cafés and restaurants.

↘ SE
< 1km

Spetses Museum (Chatzigiannis-Mexis Mansion)

Impressive mansion with interesting artifacts especially from the War of Independence of 1821.

↓ S
< 1km

Lighthouse of Spetses

Together with this of the island of Tzia it is the first of the Greek network of lighthouses situated in a beautiful area ideal for a walk.

↘ SE
≈ 1.6km
An aerial photo showing the Old Port of Baltiza on Spetses island.
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Old Port of Baltiza, Spetses

At the east town-edge, the bay serves as a marina for smaller boats, while its old name (swamp) refers to its shallow waters until 1900.

↘ SE
≈ 1.9km

Agia Marina (Paradise) Beach

Cosmopolitan, fully organized, and probably the busiest sandy beach located close to the main port.

↓ S
≈ 2.6km
An aerial photo of the Agii Anargiri beach on the island of Spetses
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Agii Anargiri Beach

One of the most popular beaches located on the southwest side of the island. A pebble, organized beach that offers facilities for water sports.

↙ SW
≈ 5.4km
An aerial photo of the Bekiri Cave at Agii Anargiri on Spetses.
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Bekiri Cave, Agii Anargiri

At the edge of Agii Anargiri beach and 500 meters from the homonymous chapel is located a cave that includes an underground lake with a beach.

← W
≈ 5.8km

Questions & Answers about Spetses

Why Visit Spetses?
  • Small island with naval tradition that contributed to the Greek Revolution of 1821.
  • The absence of cars that are prohibited on the island compose a unique notion.
  • Exceptional beaches, aristocratic mansions, & easy ship access from Athens.
What does Spetses mean?

According to archaeological findings, the island was inhabited since ancient times and approximately 8000 BC. During that time it was called Pityousa due to the great number of pine trees on the island. Its current name derived from the Venetians who called it "Isola de Spezzie", which means "island of the fragances" (aromatoforos island) due to the big number of flowers on it.

How Spetses contributed to the War on independence against the Turks in 1821?

Spetses experienced a tremendous economic boom in the 18th century, which developed navigation and commerce, and it actually was one of the few islands that was almost an independent society before the revolution. In 1821 the island showed great personalities who contributed to the fight, taking part with their ships to decisive naval battles. Among them were Laskarina Bouboulina, Andreas Miaoulis, Hatzigiannis Mexis, and Kosmas Barbatsis.

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