This Athenian Haven is one of the plushest Saronic Island. Spetses boasts of legendary history, traditional architecture, a wonderful landscape, a perfect blue sky and the Mediterranean sea’s turquoise waters. The island couples this with modern cosmopolitan aspects, making it the most attractive tourist destination in the Saronic.
The island has a number of key celebrity connotations. Spetses draws its iconic stature from the Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy relationship. A major part of their romance was spent here before they moved to Onassis’s private isle. The island has also been home to famous shipping tycoons such as Stavros Niarchos before owning the island of Spetsapoula.
Apart from the popularity it shares among locals and celebrities, Spetses is also known for its major contribution in Greece war of independence. The Island’s inhabitants were crucial participants of this war and acted to provide supplies and resources to the Greek navy. The island commemorates this role every September, where they re-enact the decisive battle that was fought in the Argolic Gulf.
Things to do in Spetses
- Attend popular events in the Island
(A boat during the Armata Festival)
One of the renown events is the Armata, which is held annually every September. The festival is a grandeur display of the Island’s role in the independence war. Key features of this event include fireworks, music and fleets of the Islands boats. After you make your way to the old port, look for the chapel of Virgin Mary of the Armata. The chapel is said to have prevented the island from an invasion from Ottoman in 1822.
- Visit Spetses Museum
(The Spetses Museum)
The Spetese Museum was once used by leading local ship owners named Hatzigiannis Mexis as his house. The mansion came up between 1795 and 1798 and done through unique architecture. The mansion would later be converted into a museum, which hosts a large collection of the island’s folklore and historical heritage. Enjoy the wide range of collections that paint a picture of life during the Greek revolution period, Byzantine, Roman and Classical period.
- Visit Island’s ports
If you are planning to spend a day in Spetses, you do not want to miss the island’s old port traditional shipyards. It at these ports that artisans have kept alive years of skills they use to repay and build wooden vessels.
- Cycle around Spetses
Experience the Island’s nature filled with lush green pine trees as you cycle around. The combination of the Island’s sea and pine trees are best enjoyed through a bike ride. Join in the springtime Tweed run organized by the Poseidonion Grand Hotel. Have fun cycling around dressed in tweed.
What to eat
- Sunset cocktails
Enjoy the perfect cocktails as you relax at the square and watch the sunset. Spetses has a number of splendid taverns with solid cocktails and bar snacks. You will find the establishments very classy and the staff very friendly.
- Beef Carpaccio
Just before you start your main course, experience one of the best culinary experience with this Greek-style Beef carpaccio. This is one of the most popular servings among Spetses best restaurants such as “On the Verandah.” Enjoy your beef Carpaccio as you treat yourself to a spectacular view of the seafront.
- Sea Urchin Pasta
Of all the ocean creatures, the sea urchin has a huge following and loved all over the world. Its edible part is very briny and has a sweet taste. This part is mixed with pasta to create a luscious taste. Enjoy it served hot in any restaurants across Spetses.
- Greek meatballs with tzatziki
(Greek meatballs with tzatziki)
This meal is made up of tender meatballs drizzled with the Greek yoghurt tzatziki sauce. You can have it with chickpea salad, rice or even as an appetizer. This is one local Greek cuisine you will never go wrong with.
|Zogeria||Baltiza or Old Harbor|
|Xilokeriza||Dapia (Port of entry)|