If you choose one of the itineraries to Spetses, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Spetses Museum, where the island’s glorious yesteryear is revealed in a splendid 18th-century mansion owned by the descendants of its first governor, Hadjigiannis-Mexis. The ossuary containing the bones of Bouboulina is displayed here, along with a rich collection of exhibits relating to the War of Independence, such as the Flag of the Revolution, the costumes of Theodoros Kolokotronis and Athanasios Diakos, and portraits of important islanders.
The Bouboulina Museum
Housed in the family mansion of the legendary heroine of the Greek War of Independence, the museum is dedicated to her life and work. The personality of Laskarina Bouboulina, the only woman in the world to have held the title of Admiral, is brought to life through personal items and relics of 1821, such as weapons, old books, paintings, letters, and model ships.
The Monastery of Saint Nicholas
Architecturally, this historic monastery stands out for its marble bell tower (1805) and ornate pebble courtyard. This is where the Flag of the Revolution was raised, while today, the “Spetses House”, a re-creation of a traditional home, can be found here.
The island’s mansions
The neoclassical architectural heritage of Spetses is a visible symbol of the riches brought by maritime trade and shipbuilding during the 18th and 19th century. Many of the grand mansions of that time, with their wonderfully crafted pebble courtyards, still exist in Spetses Town, and 35 of them have been declared “protected monuments”. They include the legendary Anargyros mansion (1904), with its striking Egyptian motifs, the 18th-century Hadjianargyros mansion, and the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School (1919).
The Poseidonion Hotel
Built at the beginning of the last century, this historic hotel is perhaps the island’s most recognisable landmark. An architectural jewel, with rich interior decoration, it was a favourite residence of iconic individuals of the twentieth century and many celebrity visitors to Spetses.
Bekiri Cave: One of the island’s most beautiful natural attractions is located on Agioi Anargyroi Beach. It is also known as “Lovers’ Cave”, as there is a spring inside from which the miraculous “water of love” flows. According to legend, this will intensify the romantic feelings of anyone who drinks it. The cave was also used as a hideout by fighters in the War of Independence.
The famous square in front of the island’s port has views of the old cannon station, Porto Heli and Hydra. It is a popular place for locals and tourists to meet for coffee or food.
Built on a pine-covered hill to a height of 27 metres above sea level, this lighthouse began operating in 1837, making it one of the first in Greece. It is among the best places to enjoy the sunset in the Saronic Islands.
The boatyard in the old harbour
One of the most picturesque sights on Spetses and a living museum of its shipbuilding past. The time-honoured shipwright’s art is still practiced here and wooden boats are repaired daily. A handmade miniature of a wooden sailing vessel is a lovely souvenir of a visit to the island.
The Anargyrios and Korgialenios School
This iconic boarding school, with its important archive, was founded in 1927. It is associated with significant figures in the fields of politics, science and the Arts. It is worth coming here via a tree-lined path from Spetses Town, one of the most beautiful walks on the island.