Top Things To Do and See in Spetses, Greece

Evangelos Tsirmpas

According to many, Spetses is the most wonderful island of the Saronic gulf. Its lush landscape, the traditional architecture, the legendary history, the turquoise colored waters of the Mediterranean sea and the blue sky are harmonically combined with the modern cosmopolitan rhythms, shaping an attractive touristic destination.


Dapia Square

Dapia Square is located next to the port of Spetses and has a rich history, as here were gathered the local fighters during the 1821 Greek Revolution. Nowadays, it is the center of the touristic life off the island, with many restaurants, cafeterias and pastry stores.

1. Bouboulina Museum


Laskarina Bouboulina
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Bouboulina Museum was established in 1991. It aims to repair and conserve the historic mansion, which used to be the residence of one of the most famous women fighters of the Greek Revolution, Laskarina Bouboulina. It also operates as a cultural and historical center, promoting research and knowledge about the 1821 Greek Revolution and, especially, the life of Laskarina Bouboulina.

Old Port

The old port is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places on the island of Spetses. There you will see classical, neoclassical and modern buildings in a unique architectural mixture that remains in harmony with the natural landscape. The seaside restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs add to the place’s cosmopolitan style.

Spetses Museum

Spetses Museum was once the house of Hatzigiannis Mexis, one of the leading local shipowners in the late 18th century. The mansion was built between 1795 and 1798 and its architecture is interesting. As far as the museum is concerned, it was established in 1939 in order to host a collection of the historical and folklore heritage of the island and more. The exhibits date back to the Classical, the Roman and the Byzantine period, as well as the 1821 Greek Revolution.

‘Freedom or Death’ Flag of Spetses during the 1821 Greek War of Independence

Church of Panagia Armata

It doesn’t really matter if you are religious or not, the Church of Panagia Armata is definitely worth a visit to see the huge painting of Koutsis that narrates the 1822 sea battle against the Turks in a unique way. The church is surrounded by a lush landscape full of pine trees that you should explore.

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