Tourist guide of Spetses island
With significant maritime and cultural tradition the island of Spetses is cosmopolitan and offers high standards tourism.
It is the home town of important personalities of the Greek revolution and public life.
Spetses and Dapia with the courtyards, its narrow streets, the squares, the scenic churches, strong tourism and good artistic activity impresses all kind of visitors.
On the island cars are prohibited and only carriages are allowed to carry the visitors in most parts of the island.
It is worth to visit the mansions of Hatzigianni Meksi, Bouboulina, Sotiri Anargirou, the Town Hall, the square of Poseidon, the Anargirios - Koralenios School, the church of Panagia Armata, the cave of Bekiri. Besides the museum of Spetses there is the Mpoumpoulina museum.
You can visit the beaches of Agia Marina, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Mamas, Kounoupitsa and Scholes. Likewise, the beaches Kouzounos, Ksilokeriza, Agii Anargiri, Agia Paraskevi, Zogeria, Ligoneri, Vrellos and Bithistamna.
In the second week of September there is the commemoration of the naval battle of Spetses "Armata".
In Spetses you can buy the famous almonds and decorative pottery. Try some almonds, traditional sweets and the plate "Fish ala spetsiota".
Spetses is a small island accross the southest point of Argolida, in the entrance of the Argolikos Bay. Spetses has beach all around the island with clear waters and pines. On the northeast side of the island there is the traditional settlement which still retains the splendor of the
glorious maritime past in the old mansions of the revolution.
Single horse carriages are offered for romantic rides costwise, while the use of cars is prohibited on the island.
The oldest findings that approve that the island was livable take us back in the Early Period (3rd millennium BC). The island is indicated by Pafsania with the name "Pitioussa" which means that it has a lot of pines. According to the most known etymology it's current name comes from the venetian phrase "Isola di Spezzie" (=the island of herbs) while much later comes with the name Petsa or Petses.
The port and the square of Dapia:
It used to be an emplacement of the island. (there are cannons until today) and area of gathering of the lords and captain during the Revolution.
It is housed in the mansion of the heroine which is a double-floored residence, built at the end of the 17th century. It has an amazing ceiling and a large hall.During the tour the visitor listens about the life Σπέτσες, Σαρωνικός Λασκαρίνα Μπουμπουλίναand actions of Bouboulina, while seeing her personal objects and portraits, a dummy of the legendary ship of Agamemnon, images, paintings, books of the legendary image of the ship, the Agamemnon, pictures, books, maps, tables, furniture and other objects from the 17th to the 20th century.
Many visitors, Greeks and foreigners, come to Spetses every September to attend the celebrations brilliant chariots, organized in memory of the naval battle of Spetses (8 September 1822).
The program of the events includes exhibitions of paintings, music, and dance (concerts, dance groups and traditional music, etc.) plays and reaches the peak of the representation of the naval battle with fireworks.
In August in the areas of Anargirio and Korgialenio School theatrical plays, speeches etc. are organized.
In the island there are art rooms that mostly in spring and summer host art exhibitions.
The visitor has also the opportunity to participate in many traditional celebrations and festivals that retain their authentic folk character.
For your stay in Spetses, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Spetses (Chora), as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Starting from Athens you have to follow the route to Epidavros, Kranidi, Porto Cheli while your destination should be Kosta which is accross Spetses.
You can also reach Kosta from Peloponnese either through Nafplio and Ligouri or through the national road of Patra-Korinthos.
Through Kosta you can access Spetses by ferry, by boat or by sea taxi cab.
ATTENTION: Cars are prohibited in Spetses. Other kind of vehicles including motorbikes are subjected to special regulations of Spetses Municipality and the Prefecture of Piraeus.
By flying dolphin or catamaran:
From coast Tzelepi, in front of the temple of Agios Spiridonas flying dolphins of all companies leave all year long.
The trip lasts 2h.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.