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Sightseeing in Spetses Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

Hundreds of years ago, the picturesque island of Spetses began to attract noblemen who built luxury villas on the coast. Today, this aristocratic Greek island is accessible for everybody. Its main attractive feature is the primordial nature and a large selection of gorgeous beaches. The enchanting island of Spetses is home to Laskarina Bouboulina, who became famous during the Greek War of Independence in 1821; many of the local attractions are somehow connected with her name.
All the beaches of Spetses without exception deserve attention of tourists; it’s believed that the most picturesque coastal areas are located in the southwestern part of the island. … Open
The most symbolic and historical objects are found in the capital of Spetses. Here you can see the port area with old cannons, which were used in battles of 1821. After the war, they remained in their places; today these historical pieces are located in the local coffee shops and taverns. The busy central square of Dapia is situated not far from the port, and right behind it you can find the museum of Bouboulina.
The museum is set in the mansion of the 17th century, which is of great architectural value. Some rooms of the old mansion have completely preserved decor of the past centuries; the museum has an interesting collection of weapons, old books, as well as personal belongings of famous heroine. Another interesting museum is housed in the mansion of Hadji-Yiannis Mexis; it holds a collection of historical artifacts. The age of some items is more than 400 years, they are all part of the personal collection of Mexis family. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The most prestigious accommodation place on the island is grand hotel Poseidonion. That’s one of the most beautiful historic buildings in the capital. Impeccable appearance of the … Open
Among the other attractions of the capital the Church of the Virgin Armata is notable. Its construction has begun in 1824, three years after the end of the war. In 1830, the beautiful church met first parishioners, since then it remains the permanent symbol of the victory for the islanders. The Cathedral of St. Nicholas was the witness of heroic battles. The first revolutionary flag was raised there; the cathedral miraculously managed to survive in wartime. The sanctuary is of great interest from an architectural point of view; it was built on the site of an ancient monastery. Its main feature is the elegant bell tower that is 16 meters high.
Spetses Scenic walks will complement exploration of historical attractions. Trips to uninhabited islands nearby are very popular among tourists. Agios Yannis Island is the best fit for acquaintance with local flora and fauna. Lots of interesting hiking trails pass through Mikro Bourbulo and Spetsopoula.
All the beaches of Spetses without exception deserve attention of tourists; it’s believed that the most picturesque coastal areas are located in the southwestern part of the island. … Open
The charming Greek island has many interesting peculiarities. Colorful pedestrian areas and pavements have become an interesting symbol of Spetses. These roads are paved with colorful pebbles – it is not possible to find such an unusual design of streets in any other town in Greece. Needless to say, a mere walk on such unusual pavements will be simply unforgettable. For many travelers, the search for the most creative and eye-catching streets turns into an exciting quest.
Spetses-01 The island hosts many interesting events and celebrations every year. For example, every town has a holiday dedicated to its patron saint. These celebrations are always accompanied by interesting processions, music and dance events, and fascinating gastronomic events. The first decade of September is traditionally the time of an interesting historical celebration, the Armata Festival, which usually lasts seven days.
The most prestigious accommodation place on the island is grand hotel Poseidonion. That’s one of the most beautiful historic buildings in the capital. Impeccable appearance of the … Open
This festival is dedicated to an important historic event – the victory over the Turkish army in 1822. A reconstruction of a sea-fight is the main event in the schedule of the festival. The fight ends with a fire – locals burn a model of a Turkish ship. To the service of guests of the festival, there are various fair trades, festive treats, interesting open-air theatre performances, and special entertainment programs for visitors with children.
Spetses-02 There are several interesting hiking trails that cross the island. The majority of these trails are located in the northern and western parts of the island. The mountain region of Spetses is home to rare plants, birds, and insects. Visitors can also enjoy the panoramic view of the seaside from naturally formed observation decks.
All the beaches of Spetses without exception deserve attention of tourists; it’s believed that the most picturesque coastal areas are located in the southwestern part of the island. … Open
Spetses Island is always incredibly popular with fans of eco-tourism. Despite an active development of the tourist infrastructure, which has become particularly active in recent years, coastal water still amazes visitors with its transparency. The island has ideal conditions for various sea creatures. Besides divers, numerous scientists from different parts of the world come to this place. Spetses is an ideal place for everyone who dreams of enjoying the beauty of nature.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Spetses Island
♥   Castle 'Palamidi' Nafplion, 44.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Acronauplia' Nafplion, 45.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bourtzi' Nafplio, 46.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tiryns Castle' Acropolis of Tiryns, 48.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Markellos Tower' Aegina, 58.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Spetses Island
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Schinia Marathona' , 125.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Spetses Island from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Treasury of Atreus

From the series “The Oldest Surviving Monuments on Earth”
At present the crypt is one of the most important monuments of Mycenaean civilization. All those interested can not only look at it from the outside, but also look inside the dome-shaped building. At the time of construction the treasure house was the largest dome-shaped structure on earth. Only a few years later the larger buildings - the Roman Pantheon and the Mercury temple in Baia were built. … Read further

Waterfront of Nafplion

From the series “The Most Beautiful Waterfronts and Embankments”
Along the huge embankment you will see several rows of slim palms and ornamental plants. These decorations look amazing and adore both – tourists and locals. Visitors have a great range of various amazing entertainments. They can choose from the most interesting walk excursions or even order the boat excursions to Bourtzi Fortress. Waterfront of Nafplion is a lively, outstanding and crowded place in the town. … Read further
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