Information about Spetses Island
Small and big fishing boats begin daily from the harbour of Dapia in order to transport the colourful and rumpus groups of visitors in organised beaches (Ksylokeriza, Ag. Anargyri, Agia Paraskevi, Zogeria). For those who wish to combine the facilities and the amusement of the city with their swimming, the near beaches (Ag. Marina, Ag. Nikolas, Kounoupitsas, Scholes), are offered. Finally, whoever seeks the calmness of secluded bays may choose to visit Vrellos, Ligoneri, Mpithistamna, Kouzouno. Bicycles, bikes, buggies, buses, sea taxis are ready to fulfil every possible wish.
Traditional sites, already missing from the other parts of Greece, decorate the town of Spetses. The famous local ship yards with their wooden keels, the mansions of the great captains and admirals from the last century with their own characteristic architecture, the picturesque churches in every neighbourhood, which were built after the Byzantine Empire, the squares and the alleys with Spetses designs on their pebbled floors, the horse and buggies, and so much more that someone can come across, reveal a way of life different to that of the city. One should not miss visiting the Museum of Spetses, situated at the mansion of Hadziyiannis Mexis one of the wealthiest leading activist of that era, the main mansion of the heroine Laskarina Bouboulina which is now a private museum and the historical monastery of St. Nicolas, where on the 3rd of April 1821 the locals (a considerable part of the Greek fleet) took the oath "Freedom or Death" and joined the Greek revolution.
Early September with weekly events leading to their peak on the 8th, the locals together with thousands of guests celebrate the anniversary of the great Spetses naval battle, one of the most significant fights of the 1821 revolution. At that point Peloponnese had been freed and the only fortress under Turkish occupation was Palamidi of Nafplio, which was surrounded from land by D. Ypsilantis army and from sea by Bouboulinas fleet. The Turkish navy in order to break the siege intended to destroy the islands of Spetses and Hydra, the naval bases of the area. On the 8th of September 1822 a fierce naval battle took place, where the enemy fleet was defeated and retreated after loosing its flag-ship. Every year Spetses honors that courageous victory with a spectacular representation which enables the thousand of visitors to re-live some of those heroic moments.
How to reach Spetses
Piraeus, the port of Athens, is located at a distance of 53 nautical miles from Spetses. The ferries cruise the scenic 4-hour journey via all the islands of the Saronic Gulf. A speedier alternative would make the journey 2 hours, using the new catamaran and flying dolphins that make regular itineraries from Zea Marina and the Tzelepi coast in Piraeus. Those who wish to travel by car can follow the route via Corinth, Epidavros, Kranidi, Porto Heli and finally reach Costa where they may leave their cars in the organized parking (private cars are not allowed on the island). The short crossing of 1.5 miles can be made by using one of the various forms of sea transport available (ferry, fishing boat or sea taxi) which all arrive at the main port of Spetses, Dapia, where an information office and several tourist agencies cater for the visitors needs.
Useful telephone numbers
- Piraeus Port Authority: 210 4124585
- Spetses Port Authority: 22980 72245
- Tourist Police: 22980 73100
- Town Hall: 22980 72225
- Ferry boats: 210 4176792, 4126181, 22980 74497-98
- Flying Dolphins: 210 4280001, 22980 73141-42
- Strintzis Lines: 22980 74452, 210 4226015-16