Discover Spetses island in Saronic
Travel Information about Spetses island Greece, Saronic: The island of Spetses belongs to the Saronic group of islands. In the ancient times, it was known as Pityoussa because of its abundant pine trees. The archeological findings in the region of Agia Marina point that the first settlement on the island was around the 3rd millennium B.C. The island played an important role in the Greek war of Independence, from 1821 to 1832 and was the first Greek island to revolt against the Turkish occupation.
Spetses Island is located close to Athens and just opposite the coasts of Peloponnese. Only 2 hours by hydrofoil from Athens, Spetses island is a popular weekend destination and a nice place to relax. The impressive thing is that cars are not allowed in the main town and transport is done by bicycle, motorbike and horse carriages.
Spetses island is small and gives a relaxing atmosphere to visitors. The architecture is traditional and the streets are narrow and paved. Many buildings are Venetian and depict a wealthy past. In the Medieval times, the locals had made a fortune from sailing and sea trading. When the Greek War of Independence started, the people of Spetses island were ready to contribute with money, guns and war ships. In fact, one of the most famous contributors and heroine of the Greek Revolution was Laskarina Bouboulina, whose house has now been converted into a museum.
Most beaches on Spetses island are accessible by bicycle, by bus or boat. These include Vrellos, Agia Marina, Agioi Anargyroi and lots of smaller calm coves where you can enjoy some privacy. There are also a few coves within walking distance from the main town. Around the town, there are many monasteries connected to each other by hiking trails. The scenery of Spetses island is lush green and beautiful.