What to see in Spetses
The town of Spetses
Dapia port with its famous square where many locals and visitors meet is the trademark of the city. In Posidoniou square the impressive statue of Laskarina Bouboulina dominates.Kagkelaria, which is located at the extremity of Dapia port, played an important historical role. Before 1770, it was the place were the heads of the island used to meet, while later it became the Town Hall. The alleys of the town of Spetses are characterized by the particularly interesting traditional architecture, the neoclassic houses, the pebbled courtyards, the multi-colored fragrant flowers and beautiful balconies. In Spetses cars are prohibited, therefore the local people and visitors use motorcycles, bicycles, taxi and horse-drawn carriages for their transportation.
Dapia port, where you can see the old gun emplacement. It was the meeting point of noblemen and leaders of 1821.
The neoclassical manor house of Sotirios Anargyros, a benefactor of the island, built during the 18th century. There were times that this building housed the Town Hall, offered shelter to the family of French baron Rothschild, and also hosted cultural events.
The mansion of Bouboulina, which now functions as a Museum, located in the Pefkakia square. Its amazing carved ceiling in the big hall is worth seeing. It exhibits personal items and historic heirlooms connected to her activity during the war.
The historic "Poseidonio” hotel, built in the beginning of the last century, with exceptional architectural features and wonderful decoration. Famous politicians, entrepreneurs and artists have stayed in this hotel. The imposing statue of Laskarina Bouboulina is located in Poseidonio Square.
The Town Hall with the beautiful garden and traditional pebbled yard.
The Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses with its rich historical archive. It was founded in 1927 and functioned up to 1983 giving renowned artists, scientists and politicians.
The Plateia Roloyiou or the Clock Square.
The manor house of Chatziyannis Mexis, the first governor of the island. Nowadays a museum, it exposes objects associated with more than 4,000 years of cultural history of Spetses. Among the exhibits, you will have the opportunity to observe important relics of the 1821 Rebellion (the flag of the Revolution, the ossuary of Bouboulina, as well as weapons and portraits of naval fighters from Spestes).
The Kapodistrias Cultural House, near Aghios Nikolaos.
The lighthouse of Spetses: this lighthouse, along with the lighthouse of Kea were the first two lighthouses of the Lighthouse Network of Greece (1837). The stone lighthouse, which started its operation in 1885, decorates today the old port of Spetses.
The Cathedral of Aghios Nikolaos. The flag of 1821 Rebellion was raised on the belfry of this church.
The Panaghia of Armata (Holy Mother of Armada), built in the honor of the victories of people from Spetses, Hydra and Psara against the Turks. Inside the church, you can find a painting of I. Koutsis representing the naval battle that took place at the Spetses bay (1887).
The Bekiri cave, located at the beach of Aghioi Anargiroi (13 km E). It was used as a refuge by the fighters of 1821.
The shipyards, in the old port.
Swimming at the beaches of Aghia Paraskevi, Aghioi Anargiroi and Ksilokeriza on the SW side of the island. You can also visit the beaches of Zogeria, Vrelo and of Anargiriou School (NW). Equally beautiful are also the beaches of Ligoneri, W of Ntapia and the beach of Aghia Marina, on the E.
Going around in the pine tree forest by bicycle or scooter.
The famous feast of Armada or the celebration of Spetses Naval Battle anniversary, organized every second weekend of September. The culmination of the celebration is the re-enactment of the Battle of Armada, the burning of the Turkish flagship and finally, fireworks.
Theatrical performances, speeches and conferences which are organized on the premises of the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses as well as the imposing Poseidonio Hotel every year in August.
Fair in honor of the saints of Spetses, Aghios Stamatios, Ioannis and Nikolaos, on February 3rd, and in honor of Aghios Nikolaos on December 6th.
BEKIRI CAVE is located in Aghii Anargiri, on the back side of the island and was shelter of many fighters during the Greek Independence in 1821.