Spetses is only a two hours ferry-ride away from Athens. An island rich in naval tradition and famous for its huge contribution in the Greek independence war in 1821. The islands unique character was left untouched during the years and luckily many traditional Mansions still remain to remind us of the islands past. Spetses is not only surrounded by the vast sea, it has a second “sea” of pine-trees throughout the whole island. The mature aromas of pine will definitely lift your spirits and take you to a nostalgic era of relaxation. Roads and cars are no more, only carriages and donkeys, roads are replace with cobblestone paths and all you can see is the endless blue of the sea mixing with the sky.
You will arrive at the port of Dapia, a place that is the main gathering spot of the island for tourists and locals alike. Beautifully preserved colourful Masnions surround the harbour adding to the islands natural beauty. Dapias central square hosts the statue of Bouboulina a famous heroine from the Greek revolution and the canons that once defended this very island. Only 2km away from Dapia, lies the old port of Spetses and its lighthouse. Its highly recommended to enjoy an afternoon walk near the sea.
Since Spetses has a really rich history it would be a good idea to visit some museums while you are there. Spetses had a busy medieval history as well as an rich ancient history. Excavations have brought up many interesting findings which are housed in the Spetses Museum. Built in the 18th century the museum was original the mansion of Hatzigiannis Mexis, a local leader. The first floor hosts a collection of relics from the early classical period until the beginning of the 20th century. Various sculptures, Roman coins, Byzantine relics and religious items, portraits, historical documents and of course weapons are on display for the visitors to enjoy.
In the vicinity of the port another museum is located, the museum of Bouboulina. This museum is a private collection of personal objects and household furniture of the heroine and it is housed in her home. The main hall of the house has the most magnificent wood carved Florentine celling. Bouboulina is one of the strongest and most commanding woman in Greek history. Born in 1771 and having lost two husbands during pirate attacks, she didn’t hesitate to join the revolution of 1821 and fight for freedom. She used the fortune and the ships of her second late husband to contribute to the fight.
Spetses offers some unique sun-drenched beaches with crystal blue waters while being surrounded with pine-trees.
Agia Marina is maybe the most popular beach of the island. It offers many options like beach bars where you can enjoy your drink on the beach, restaurants where you can eat watching the sunset and many water sport option to keep you entertained during the day.
The islands largest beach is however Agioi Anargiroi where you can enjoy a big variety of water sports of almost every kind.
And for those that like to explore, Xylokeriza is a beach reachable mainly by boat since its located 8km away from Dapia. It offers a feeling of seclusion and you will have the chance to relax and escape.
The single most beautiful beach of Spetses however is Zogeria, where the pine trees reach the shoreline and almost touch the sea.
For your accommodation in Spetses, Poseidonion Grand Hotel is best choice for you. Built in 1914 its been a landmark for the island for over a centiury now. It has ever since been a destination. It is certain that you will find a room that will satisfy whatever need you may have. The hotel has a cinema, a spa, a hair salon, a gym, an art gallery and a cloth & jewel boutique. A unique holiday experience in the most historic and majestic hotel of Greece awaits you.
An exclusive article form Orestis Karipis