The pine-covered island of Spetses is part of the Saronic Islands (along with Hydra, Aegina, Poros, and Agistri) and is the closest to the Argolic Gulf since it is the southernmost island of the group.
Its name derives from Isola delle Spezzie (meaning the Island of Spices), a name given to the island by the Venetians because of the many herbs growing on its mountains.
Similar to Hydra, Spetses played an important role during the Greek Revolution of 1821. The reverred heroine Laskarina Bouboulina is probably the greatest figure whose name is intertwined with the island.
Spetses is a charming island characterized by a tranquil ambiance despite being a cosmopolitan destination. Wonderful beaches and lovely small bays, impressive architecture, various historical sites, a charming old harbor, and modern facilities comprise the island's profile and explain why so many people tend to come back to it every summer. One of its special traits is that visitors cannot hire a car there. Also, they will mostly spot carriages, bicycles, motorbikes, taxis, and the local bus.
An interesting fact is that Spetses was one of the first islands to attract tourists from all over the world. That is because of Poseidonion Hotel, one of the first fully organized hotels which opened its doors back in1914. Several royals, politicians, and other elite personalities stayed there and, as a result, the island became a high-class destination with a noble flair. Thenceforth, tourist facilities, and accommodations have developed and are now fully equipped and welcome numerous Greek and foreign visitors who chose Spetses for their holiday.
Reaching the island is very easy as ferries to Spetses depart from the port of Piraeus on a daily basis throughout the year. During the high season, itineraries become more frequent (approximately 5 ferry departures a day).
The route also includes Poros, Hydra, Ermioni, and Porto Heli, hence it is possible to get to the island from those places, too.