General informations

The city of Spetses is a typical island settlement with a particularly large number of middle-class townhouses. Many of the neoclassical buildings are still preserved today.

They give the city a particularly romantic appearance. This is among other things contributed to the fact that within the city a driving ban exists and the transport of one-horse carriages is made. On the historic Dapia Square in 1821, the captains gathered and there was also the Artellerie. Today, tourists gather here, the place is alive and full of business with tables from the various restaurants which are located there in the open air. The route from the old Dapia Square to the old port is very interesting. You can walk it or take a carriage.

In the house of Chtzigiannis Mexis, a leader of the Spetsiots, the museum is housed.

Worth a look are memorabilia of the revolution of 1821, valuable letters and archives, a folklore collection, as well as the urn of Bouboulina.

Other noteworthy buildings in the city are the Bouboulina house and the Botasis house.

Near the lighthouse is the chapel "Panagia tis Armatas", built between 1826 and 1830 to commemorate the victory of the inhabitants of Spetses over the Turks. Other attractions include the Anargyrios Korgialenios School, the Kapodistria Cultural Center, the Mitropolis "Agios Nikoaos", and the "Agia Triada" Church, built in 1793 on the highest point of the city. On the west coast, near Agil Anargzri, is the Bekiri-Hehle, where the freedom fighters of 1821 found refuge from the Turks they persecuted.

By bus or by boat you can reach all the beaches of the island, such as: Agi, Anargyri, Agia Paraskevi, Zogeria, Vrellas, Aghia Marina. The nearest beaches to the city are Agios Nikolaos and Kounoupitsa.

Spetses has a very good tourist infrastructure, including good hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants, water sports facilities and nightspots. Every year in August, the "Anargyria Festival" is held, during which theater events, lectures, exhibitions etc. are offered. The events take place in the Anargyrio School. In mid-Septmber, an imitation of the naval battle of Armata is performed at the chapel "Panagia tis Armatas" near the lighthouse at the old port. As part of these events, there are also sports competitions and folk dances.

In the southeast of Speses is the densely forested small island Spetsopoula, which is privately owned.

Geography and history

Spetses is the southernmost island of this archipelago.

A narrow, about 2 nautical miles wide strait separates it from the coast of the Argolis and the place Kosta-Hermioni. The island has a land area of 22 km2.

Their coastline is about 25km. The largest part of the island is covered by a dense pine forest.

In ancient times, the name of the island was Pitousa.

Based on archaeological finds in the area of Agia Marina, we know that the island was inhabited since the Bronze Age. In the 9th century Bc. The island was abandoned because of persistent Arab raids. Later on thou the island was repopulated.

During the rule of the Turks, the inhabitants of the island enjoyed special privileges. Nevertheless, they were with their ships, along with the Hydriotes pioneers in the liberation struggle against the Turks.

Born in Spetses was one of the heroic female figures of the 1821 freedom struggle, Laskarina Bouboulina.

How to get there

There are regular connections with ferries from Piraeus, more frequently in summer than in winter. The distance is 53 nautical miles (about 4-5 hours). By speedboat from Zea. Spetses has ferries and speedboats connections with Algina, Methana, Poros, Hydra, Leonidion, Monemvassia, Neapoli, Tyros and Kythira. In summer there are speedboats to Astros, Navplion, Tolo and Kapsali on Kithyra. By car or bus: Via Krandidion and Kosta with buses of the KTEL - Public Transport or with your own car.