A lovely island of the Saronic Gulf, Spetses island is a popular weekend destination due to its closeness to Athens. In the Medieval times, the island flourished with trade and the locals constructed elegant mansions that survive till today. When the Greek Revolution of 1821 broke out, the local commercial ships were turned into military ships and contributed to setting the country free. The Town is large and ideal for long promenades. Many beautiful beaches are found around the island, accessible by boat or bus. A large festival takes place in Spetses on the second weekend of September, the Armata Festival, that peaks with the burning of a boat in commemoration of a naval flight between Greeks and Turks.
Spetses is a place of charm, traditional values, pine forest and lots of visitors during the summer months. The streets are narrow, with a picturesque harbor and charming waterfront. No cars are allowed on the island so water taxi, a fisherman boat, horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, motor-bike or moped are the means of transportation.
In front of the Poseidonion Hotel is a charming square with the sea beyond. Yachts are used docked along the waterfront with their guests having easy access to the town’s attractions.
Every September the island has the spectacular Armata Festival to commemorate the great naval battle of September 08th, 1822. It is worth visiting at that time.
In the town of Spetses is the main harbor Dapia, visitors can visit the Spetses museum and the Anargyros mansion, two of the best architectural examples of the early 20th century. A highly recommended place of interest is the monastery of Agios Nikolaos, the patron saint of sailors, just outside Spetses Town. It is open to visitors, but there is a dressing code, long trousers and covered shoulders for men and long skirts for women. Spetses Town has most of the facilities, such as banks, grocery shops, a bakery, some supermarkets, a fresh fish market, a moped rental, restaurants, bars cafes, and a wide variety of shops, clothes boutiques, jewelry shops, and gift shops.
- Cave of Bekiris – This is one of the most beautiful and difficult spots to reach on the island of Spetses.
- Church of Panagia Armata – (Virgin of the Armata, which means Armed Virgin in Greek) is a white and yellow chapel located on a hill above the old port of Spetses.
- Hatziyiannis Mexis Mansion – The Mansion of Mexi is a magnificent 200-year-old building with a high-ceiling roof. Built during 1795-1798, the Archontiko (Mansion) of Hatzigiannis Mexis used to belong to the island’s first governor.
- Bouboulina Museum – This private museum is housed in the home of Bouboulina and displays a collection of personal objects and household furnishing of the Spetsiote heroine.
- Agia Paraskevi Beach
- Agia Marina Beach
- Agioi Anargiri Beach
- Kaiki Beach
- Town Beach (Agios Mamas)
- July 17th – On the 17th of July there is a celebration in the chapel right above the beach of Agia Marina.
- July 26th – On the 26th of July, the locals organize a feast to commemorate Agia Paraskevi. The celebration lasts till the early hours with food, live music, and dances.
- Agios Mamas – The feast of Agios Mamas is a romantic happening on Spetses island. It takes place in the small chapel of Agios Mamas, very close to Dapia.
- Armata Festival – The most important festival in Spetses is Armata Festival. It is an annual event held on the first Saturday after September 08th at the port of Spetses. A replica of the Turkish flagship is burned with spectacular fireworks un the evening. It is a weeklong celebration.