Spetses, the beautiful island of the Saronic Gulf, is a cosmopolitan and stately island. It is one of the popular destinations for weekends and holidays all year round.
The island excites the visitor with its lush pine - forested landscapes and crystal waters. The historic character of Spetses is apparent everywhere. Spetses is also famous as the Bouboulinas island, because here was lived the heroine of the Greek Revolution.
It is not surprising that great men of intellect and art, Greek and foreign, have loved Spetses, lived on the island and were inspired by it.
The population of the island is 4.100 inhabitants living in the town of Spetses. Lovely, hospitable people are eager to welcome and guide visitors to the island, through its historic, cultural and natural beauties.
In ancient times, it was called Pityousa which means "full of pines". Its present name was probably given by the Venetian who called the island "Isola di Spezzie" which means "island of fragrances" due to its many aromatic plants.
The island's geographical location, its regular connection to the mainland port of Piraeus, and its proximity to the opposite Peloponnesian coast enable the access to the island.
HOW TO GET TO SPETSES
Flying Dolphins (Hydrofoils) depart daily from Akti Miaouli. The trip lasts 2 - 2,5 hours. Ferries depart daily from the port of Piraeus to Spetses. The trip is pleasant and lasts about 4 hours.
If you prefer the road trip, you can go by car to Kosta (Argolida) and from there you will reach Spetses in just a few minutes by caique, water taxi, or ferry boat.
TOWN OF SPETSES
Spetses is the capital and the harbour of island. The settlement has been characterized preservable. The mansions houses of the captains with their characteristic architecture, the Byzantine churches and the pebble paving alleys constitute samples of the traditional architecture that characterize the town.
The central square of the town, Dapia, assembles the bigger tourist interest. Around of her function a lot of taverns and cafeterias, while in this neighborhood there are a lot of rooms to rent. This historical square constituted the meeting place of fighters of 1821. The cannons of the Revolution are still to the square.
In the right side of harbour, in the Posidonium square is found the statue of Bouboulinas that reminds in each visitor the contribution of Spetses in the Greek Revolution and her own. The house of Laskarina Bouboulina functions as a museum. There the visitor will see many personal effects of the heroine. Also you have to visit the museum of Spetses that is housed in the mansion of Hatzi Yannis Mexis. The exhibits include infrequent heirlooms of Revolution that deserve you see.
Agioi Anargiri Beach: Located on the south-western coast of Spetses, 10 kilometres from Dapia, Agioi Anargiroi is one of the largest and most developed beaches of the island.
It is lying in a nice cove and is a sand and pebble beach with deep waters, ideal for water sports. Various fine taverns can be found in the area, slightly inland of the beach.
The beach of Agioi Anargiroi can be reached by local bus or taxi-boat. Bekiri's Cave Reachable from the Agioi Anargiroi beach, the beautiful cave of Bekiri is a famous historical place: the partisans and Greek revolutionary leaders were using this cave as a hiding place during the War of Independence (1821).
Agia Marina Beach: Situated at 2 kilometres southeast of Dapia, the beach of Agia Marina is the island's most popular beach. It is overlooked by a small pink and white chapel of the same name which is surrounded by palm trees, pines and cypresses.
The beach is sandy and has a few metres of pebbles near the shore; it offers a wide range of water sports, umbrellas, sun beds, a beach bar and various nice taverns where one can enjoy some good food.
Agia Marina can be reached by taxi boat, by foot or with the local bus. Its high popularity and its proximity to the town cause it to be quite crowded, especially during high season. The earliest traces of human settling have been excavated in Agia Marina, such as clay vessels, figurines and ruins of a fortified wall, all dating back to the Early Bronze Age.
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