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Spetses Travel guide

Travel guide to Spetses island

The historic island of Spetses is located near the Argolic peninsula, at the right of the entrance to the Argolic Gulf, in a  distance of 1.5 miles of the Ermionida and 50 miles from Piraeus. Spetses are made up from three more islands: Spetsopoula, Agios Ioannis and  mikro Bourmpoulo. Spetses island has an oval shape, with a coastline of 11 miles, 22.5 area. with a maximum length of 4 miles and a maximum width of 2.5 miles. Spetse is crossed by  small mountains with highest peak the Prophet Elias (291 meters). The capes of the island is: Sourmpoyti  , Kavos - Fanari  , Mafrokavos  , Zastano   and Bourmpoythi. The territory of Spetses is mainly pine, while much is Agricultural. Main products are olives, oil, cereals, grapes, almonds, figs and some livestock products. The climate is cool and healthy and offered a place for holidays. The inhabitants are engaged mainly in shipping and fisheries.

Capital of Spetses is the homonymous city of the island with the smaller vilages of Agia Paraskevi, Agioi Anargyroi, , Adosidon, Vrelon, Elonas, Zogeria, Ligoneri, Parapola, and the island Spetsopoula

The island of Spetes was is inhabited since the prehistoric era (2.500 - 2000 BC). Its ancient name was Pytiousa probably because of all the pine-trees it had. In the antiquity Spetses was called "Pityonisos" and "Pityousa". The current name derives from sailors during the Middle Ages Genoese and Venetians. The Franks called Spetses as Izola di Spesia .

During the Venetian rule Spetses was occupied by the Venetians (1220-1460) and after by the Turks. In 17 century the population was mainly from Laconia, Kynouria, Argolida and Ermionida. The original medieval settlement was northwest of the city, current position "Kastelli" where there was a citadel on the hill (current position the church of St Basil).

The inhabitants of Spetses took part in the Russian-Turkish war (1770) and have suffered great destruction by the Turks. After that the people of Spetses built the city today on the shore

Spetses was one of the first Greek islands to attract waves of tourists, the island offers visitors beautiful beaches, picturesque bays, interesting archaeological and other tourist facilities. It should be noted that the traffic is limited but not prohibited and that the island moves us with horses, mules, donkeys and boats by sea. Because is only two miles away from the Peloponnese and, specifically the Costa of Hermione, there are alternative routes to arrive to Spetses. One is by sea from Piraeus or, alternatively, you can travel by car or bus from Hermione in the Peloponnese. Spetses has lots of picturesque villages and a very varied landscape with areas covered with pine-trees, sandy beaches, rocky sea sides and mountainous spots that overlook at te sea. A visitor can see the mansion of Bouboulina , the dashing heroine of the Revolution of 1821, Meksis mansion that today is a museum and the church of Holy trinity. Famous are the beaches of Agioi Anargiroi and Agia Paraskevi.

Spetses due to its vicinity with the coast of Peloponnese gives you the opportunity to visit the ancient city and theatre of Epidaurus, where every summer, ancient dramas and comedies are performed during the Athens Festival. From this route you can also take in the ancient city of King Agamemnon, Mycenae and the ancient city of Tyrins.

Like Hydra, private cars are not permitted on the island so travel is by horse drawn carriages , donkeys or the local bus. Alternatively, you can take a tour around the island's coastline in one the Kaiquies or high-speed taxi boats. On Spetses the visitor will find accommodation at Hotels and apartments. The island of Spetses Greece has everything for a perfect holiday, it offers accommodations and hotels for every budget, many wonderful beaches, a vibrant nightlife mainly at the old port , various restaurants, bars and cafes, famous not only for its nature but also for its typical architecture with traditional white washed houses of different styles ranging from the 17th to the 20th century, neoclassical villas, beautiful churches and monasteries.

On Spetses you can have both tranquillity and the lively bustle of cosmopolitan life. It has a lot of natural beauty found all over the island, in picturesque small bays and, in the main town itself, with its museum and mansions of great historical figures.

Worth mentioning is that, very near to Spetses, is the island of Spetsopoula, the private island of the Greek tycoon and long-time rival of the late Onassis, Niarchos. There are daily ferries and hydrofoils that connect Spetses island with the other islands of the Saronic gulf like Hydra, Poros and Aegina departing from Piraeus.

Accommodation in Spetses

Villa Tonia is a traditional Spetses building, located just 5 minutes from the centre of Spetses, the hotel in ideally location is surrounded by a calm and quiet environment away from the noise. In the hotel there is wireless internet access throughout the complex and there is free private parking. At Villa Tonia, you can enjoy your holiday with reasonable rates. Many rooms have been recently renovated with luxury fashion and each has its own terrace with lovely views. Nearby are a variety of good restaurants and taverns, pizzerias and grills Square downtown and the beach. Tel:+3022980 74081

Villa Irene Apartments Spetses. Built around a lush garden and pool, the Villa Irene offers comfortable accommodation just 300 meters from the nearest beach. The apartments located behind the old port of Spetses, all constructed with great care, keeping the island's traditional architecture. 500 meters from Villa Pacific, you will find the beautiful beach of Agia Marina, where you can enjoy water sports. The unspoilt beach Garifalou, is only 300 meters away, if you prefer the tranquillity and quiet. Alternatively, you can enjoy the facilities of the complex such as the outdoor pool, poolside bar and friendly service. Non-smoking rooms, 24 hour reception and pool bar. Tel:+3022980 73137

Hotel Club Zoe Located in the heart of Spetses, in walking distance from the beach, Zoe Club offers spectacular views from the outdoor pool. This small complex consists of luxury apartments and villas, individually designed and equipped to the highest standards. There is a pool bar and coffee bar, the hotel is surrounded by fig trees, olive trees and colourful flowers. The building is a 19th century mansion restored with traditional island architecture and local materials as slate, terra cotta and marble. The hotel offers comfort, luxury and privacy that assessing and the most discerning traveller. Services. Babysitting, Laundry, dry cleaning, fax and copy machines, massage, bar, free wireless internet in public places. Tel: +3022980 74447

Useful telephone numbers:

City Hall 22982 72225
Port Police 22982 72245
Tourist Police 22982 73744
Health Centre 22982 72472
Horse-drawn carriage hire 22982 73170/1.

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