Spetses Island

  • Type: Town By the sea
  • Situation: Island, Coastal,
  • Local Facilities: Museums, Shopping, Marina, Night life, Snack bars, Tavernas, Bars, Historical site,
  • Beaches: Sandy beach, Pebble beach,
  • Interest: Historical interest, Cultural, Scenic, Artistic,
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About Spetses Island

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Spetses is a beautiful island, with a very picturesque old harbour port South-East of the town centre, which is lined with old Venetian mansions. The town centre itself, which surrounds Dapia harbour, offers a variety of shops, from traditional antiques to contemporary boutiques, in addition to many hotels, cafes and tavernas.  The island is still trying to hold out against the invasion of the motor car, encouraging the use of traditional horse drawn carriages and bicycles, but instead, has created the nuisance of numerous noisy motor bikes.  The best way to get around and see the town is to walk, or hire one of the traditional one-horse carriages found by the waterfront.  To get around the island, you can rent a motorbike or bicycle, also buses will take you to most of the island's many beaches.  The sandy Aghioi Anargyroi beach, on the opposite side of this beautiful island, is very popular with locals and visitors alike. 

Spetses was the first Argo-Saronic island to participate in the 1821 War of Independence, Hydra soon joining forces with them, having around 55 merchant vessels which were converted into well armed warships.  The firing of the Turkish flagship in the naval battle on 8th September 1822 prevented the Ottoman fleet from bringing supplies to Nafplio, which then surrendered to the Greek besiegers at the end of November.  The retreat of the enemy fleet, superior in numbers, is attributed to the courage of Kosmas Barbatsis, the daring man who fired the Turkish flagship, an act which essenttially decided the outcome of the battle.  A bronze statue of Barbatsis stands within a gun-enplacement at the sculpure park opposite Aghios Nikolaos, to the South-East of Spetses town and close to the Pharos lighthouse.

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