Spetses, a lordly and cosmopolitan island is one of the most familiar destinations as for weekend recreation as also for summer holidays. Spetses island deeply impresses with the verdurous pine-clad landscapes and the excellent, crystal-clear waters. Its' historical character is observed with representative pieces in every spot of the island. No wonder the fact that Greek and foreign people of the Literature and the Art, loved, lived and were influenced in Spetses contributing mental and cultural growth. The islanders with their rich sailing tradition played the leading part to at the war for independence during the revolution on 1821. Important figures of that period were Captain Laskarina Bouboulina, Chatzigiannis Mexis and other.
The islands population counts 4.100 citizens living at the Spetses town. Hospitable people that expect the visitor to guide him to the historical, cultural and natural beauties of the island and to offer him fresh fish and anything proffered in the island. The sense of time is sliping in the lovely Spetses island.
At the ancient times it was given the name Pityousa that meant Pine-clad. It's today's name came from the Venetians who called it "Isola di Spezzie" that means "Redolous island" because of the numerous condimental flavorsome plants. Its' geographic location, the frequent transportation with the port of Piraeus as long with the vicinity with the cost of Peloponnesus enable the easy approach to the island.
The first reflection we get at the arrival is Ntapia, the historic port and capital city with the imposing neoclassical buildings and the shingle-paved back alleys. The picturesqueness of the port with the old pill-box and the historical monuments impresses the visitor. At its' right side we meet the Bouboulina's statue and coastwards the captain residences while leftward we see the traditional boatyards and the Old Port.
The luxurious houses and the neoclassical buildings preserve the architectural tradition of Spetses. A fine that piece represents the house of the benefactor of the island Sotirios Anargyros, built on the 18th century, with its' neoclassical rhythm and the couple of the Egyptian Sphinx towering on above both sides of the entrance.
Next to Anargyros
Residence you will find the Pefkakia plaza with the small wood and the house-museum of Laskarina Bouboulina wheresoever spots the marvelous carved ceiling at the big porlor. At the courtyard the visitor can obtain historical books, videotapes and other various souvenirs.
After a few meters we find the Townhall, a kempt traditional construction, ornate with a marvelous terrace and insular shingles. The end of our tour is leading to Kounoupitsa and Sourbouti areas where we can admire the famous Anargyreios-Korgilenios college, with many historical records, that run for over than 50 years and accentuated many famous scientists, statesmen and artists.
The glorious history of the island is also present and the house of Chatzigiannis Mexis, its' first governor. This imposing structure with the tall arches hosts objects d'art that represent the most of the 4.000 years of cultural history of the island such as ceramics of the prehellenic period, head stones and sculptures of the Romanian era, crackleware of the Oriental and Occident art, a collection of post-Byzantine and Russian icons, significant relics of the 1821' Greek Revolution-among them the Revolting Flag, Bouboulinas' ossuary, fieldpieces and portraits of Spetsian sea fighters.
Revolutionary heirlooms are also kept at "Oikia tou Botasi" (Botasis' House). Remarkable bibliotheca is the one at the Kapodistrian Cultural Hall will one of the most required tours is the one to the Cathedral Church of St. Nicolas, of the post-Byzantine cruciform style where, according to the depositions, was preserved the corpse of Paul Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon. With big historical influence offered, the Abbey keeps gracing the island with its' of incomparable virtuosity steeple where the Flag of Revolution was raised and with the marvelous courtyard where the Monument to the Fallen, a masterpiece of the sculptor Byron Kesse is settled. This area is also distinguished for its' palaces of the 18th century, facts of the islands' cultural and economical wealth of that period.
At Agioi Anargyroi beach you shall follow the rune path through pines and thymes to reach the secret entrance of "Bekris Cavern". Its' interior is astonishing. There you will see the small beach formed, the lights' reflection from the sea entrance of the grot that emblazons verdurous the waters and at the centrum of the beach the stalagmitic shape with the water hole that percolates dash-to-dash cold water. There is this myth that says that if you are in love and drink the "Water of love" your love eill last for ever.
The island offers numerous and miscellaneous beaches of natural beauty and limpid waters. Agia Paraskevi at the southwestwards of Spetses is unique, with the green reaching through the sea and the waters flirting with the blue sky. At the same spot rests the sand of Agioi Anargyroi whose flora nudges the shore thus producing visions of excellent scenic beauty.
At the southwestwards of the island each can enjoy swimming at Zogeria beach and to release himself to the sunbeams or to rejoice the shade unsparingly offered by the former weald. On the other side, eastern Ntapia, you will find the Agios Mamas beach and the snow-white picturesque houses impressing. Therewithal your visit at the beaches of Agia Marina of Kouzounos, Ksilokeriza and Vrellos will timelessly be shaped at your memories as the perfect company for moments of relaxation and wandering at the end of your holidays.