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Spetses, an island boasting a long naval tradition, is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. It was here that the flag of revolution was raised on 3rd April 1821. The island has managed to retain its special traditional character owing to its well-preserved captains’ mansions that still bear eloquent witness to the island’s glorious past. The picturesque old harbour and Dápia, a tourist and commercial centre where the heart of the island’s entertainment beats, are the trademarks of the town of Spetses.

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Spetses is the southwesternmost island in the Argosaronic Gulf. It has an area of 27 km.2; its shores total 29 km in length and it has a population of 4,000 inhabitants. It is 4 nautical miles from Piraeus but just 2.5 n.m. from the opposite Argolid coast (Kosta region, near Porto Heli).
It is one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan islands of the Argosaronic Gulf. The first indications of human existence date to the Mesolithic period, to around 8000 BC; in antiquity it was called Pityousa owing to its many pine trees. Its present day name was acquired during the period of Venetian rule, owing to the many scented flours (spezzie = scents). Spetses become one of the most powerful seafaring and commercial powers in the Aegean.
The trademark of the town of Spetses is the port of Dapia with its renowned square, a meeting point for inhabitants and visitors alike. The Chancellery, which is located at the top of the port of Dapia, has a long history. Before 1770 it was used as a meeting place for the elders of the island, and later housed the City Hall.
The narrow lanes of Spetses are charcterized by their particularly interesting traditional architecture, with neoclassical houses, pebbled yards, multicoloured scented flowers and lovely balconies. Vehicles are prohibited on Spetses, so that transportation takes place using motorcycles, bicycles, taxis and horse-drawn carriages. During your stay, don’t forget to explore Spetses on foot.
On Spetses there are many beautiful blue beaches. Most of them are organized, with lounge chairs, and are close to tavernas and coffee shops. However, there are also many others around the island with access only by sea, or over some path. In the event that visitors want to visit one or more of the latter beaches, they can rent a tourist vessel, or go by sea taxi, bicycle or on foot wherever there is a practicable path.
Every day during the tourist season on the island there are tourist boats that serve the back beaches of the island (Agioi Anargyroi, Agia Paraskevi and Zogeria), offering tours of the island, starting from the port of Dabia.
Also, around the island there are quite a few caves, large and small, many of which have written their own history in the fight for independence as well as during the German occupation, where they were used as refuges and places to store ammunition.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation