Welcome to the Island of Spetses ! They are here, waiting for you, inspire of the current modern era of speed, being a classic value of the Greek Naval History and the Greek Islands Tradition!
Spetses, the beautiful island of the Saronic Gulf, is a cosmopolitan and stately island. It is one of the popular destinations for holidays all year round. Spetses became popular as a holiday destination mostly during the ‘60s and ‘70s and is a spot favorite for Athenians looking for a short escape and an alternative vacation without cars. The island excites the visitor with its lush pine – forested landscapes and crystal waters. The historic character of Spetses is apparent everywhere. Spetses is also famous as the Bouboulinas island, because here was lived the heroine of the Greek Revolution. It is not surprising that great men of intellect and art, Greek and foreign, have loved Spetses, lived on the island and were inspired by it.
In ancient times, it was called Pityousa which means “full of pines”. Its present name was probably given by the Venetian who called the island “Isola di Spezzie” which means “island of fragrances” due to its many aromatic plants.
Spetses is a very nice island where you get the choice of just relaxing, going out at night and visiting some interesting sites.
Spetses is a popular destination for all year round. It is found close to Athens and it constitute a lovely place for relax and entertainment. The hotels here are open all the year.
More about Spetses
Spetses is the capital and the harbour of island. The settlement has been characterized perceivable.
The mansions houses of the captains with their characteristic architecture, the Byzantine churches and the pebble paving alleys constitute samples of the traditional architecture that characterize the town.
The central square of the town, Dapia, assembles the bigger tourist interest. Around of her function a lot of taverns and cafeterias, while in these neighbourhoods there are a lot of hotels and villas.
At the restaurants and taverns of the island with a view of the sea, the visitor can enjoy fresh fish (“a la speciota”), sea nibbles and a great variety of other dishes, while you should not neglect to taste the marvelous almond toffees of Spetses.
The quietness of the day follow the intense pace of the night entertainment, which has a great variety of Greek and foreign music and thus satisfies all wishes and preferences.
The beaches of Spetses promise unforgetable moments to you!
The most popular of them are the Agia Marina beach that is found in the north-eastern side of Spetses, the beach of Agios Mamas that is found near to Dapia, the Kounoupitsa and Agios Nikolaos with crystal waters. The beach of Agia Paraskevi is considered as one of the more beautiful beaches of the island. It is found in a dense vegetation region. The pines and the golden sandy beach compose an exotic scenery.
– Bouboulinas Museum
The contribution of the island in the Greek Revolution has been identified with the action of the heroine Laskarina Bouboulinas. She is the woman that consecrates ones life to the fight for the freedom. The mansion house of the captain woman, as the local habitants called her, functions from her descendants as museum. The visitor has the opportunity to be informed, from the guide, the facts of life of Bouboulinas, from then that she was born in a Turkish prison, her initiation to the Friendly Company (Filiki Etairia), her action during the fight, and finally her inglorious death. The heroine was killed during a familial conflict in her house. Also the visitor will see the house in which lived Laskarina and many personal belongings of her.
– Museum of Spetses / Hatzigiannis-Mexis Mansion
The Museum of Spetses is housed in the mansion of Hatzigiannis-Mexis one of the lords of the island who took part in the Greek Revolution for Independence in 1821.
The exhibits include findings from an early Mycenaean shipwreck (around 1200 B.C), vessels of the Early Hellenic and Classical Period, sculptures and coins from the Roman and Byzantine years, post Byzantine icons and relics. Also there are the bones of Laskarina Bouboulina, guns and portraits of local heroes, pictures of ships which took part in the combats.
– The lighthouse at the old harbor
One of the oldest lighthouses that ever operated in Greece is located on the right side of the old harbor of the island of Spetses. It first operated in 1837 and is standing in an overall height of 27 metres from sea level on a beautiful hill with pine trees. Since 1986 the lighthouse is operating automatically with electric current.
-The monastery of St. Nicholas is situated just outside Spetses town, and is open to visitors. The patron saint of this monastery is also a patron of sailors, and it was here the Spetsan leaders took the oath of freedom when the war of Independence was about to break out in 1821.
Spetses is located 185km away from Athens. You can access the island by ship from Piraeus, or drive to Spetses by following the way to Epidaurus, Kranidi, Porto Heli, and reaching Costa, where you can catch a water taxi or ferry boat to Spetses.
Piraeus Port Authority: +30 210 4511311-7
Spetses Port Authority: +30 22980 – 72245, 74416
Horse carriages: +30 22980-73171
Taxi station: +30 22980 – 72072
Hydrofoils (Flying Dolphins): +30 210-4226395, 4199950
Spetses Hydrofoils: +30 22980-73141
Recipe “Fish a la speciota”
This is a method of baking fish that comes from the island of Spetses – hence the name a la Speciota.
It can be used for a few different types of fish. The one we prepared which you can see in the photo is Fagri or sea bream. You can also use large Lavraki or sea bass, Sinagrida or dentex, Sfirida or white grouper, largeTsipoura or dorado. As far as I have checked, these are the correct English translations of the fish names.
1 kg fish
3 cups grated tomatoes
1 ½ cups olive oil
3 tbsp parsley finely chopped
1 clove garlic crushed
1 cup crumbled rusks
Salt & pepper
Clean the fish and salt it.
You can leave the fish whole, but if it is large you can cut it into slices.
Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl, apart from the rusks.
Place the fish in an oven dish and pour the sauce over it.
Take half of the rusks and sprinkle them over the fish.
Put a little of the sauce over the rusks to moisten them.
Sprinkle the rest of the rusks on top.
Put in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approx. 1 hour.
During this time, once or twice you can spoon some of the sauce in the oven dish over the fish. If, for some reason, you find that there is not enough sauce, you can add a little white wine.
When it’s done, the sauce should be like a crust on the fish.
Eat and Enjoy!