Hidden Gems

See Spetses with sailing holidays in Greece

By Jenny Wilson
on  April 20, 2016

There are a multitude of islands to explore when you embark on sailing holidays in Greece, most offering an appealing mixture of delightful beaches, great scenery and fascinating culture. The island of Spetses has all this and more, being one of the most historically significant islands in the Saronic Gulf.

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The location of Spetses ensures it has a long and rich naval tradition, which dates back many thousands of years; in particular, it was strategically important in the 1821 War of Independence. There are many sites around the island that bear testament to this, including the house of Hatzigiannis Mexis, which serves as a museum housing important naval relics, and the house of Bouboulina, a local heroine who played a key role in the war. Even the Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos has an association, being the location where the flag of independence was raised in 1821. In September the island holds a re-enactment of the naval battle, Armata, which is a popular event with locals and visitors alike.

Spetses has some stunning beaches to enjoy. Ayia Marina is the most famous, with sandy shores and plenty of beach bars and restaurants to visit. Xylokeriza is a more secluded beach, reached mainly by boat and perfect for those looking for some peace and tranquillity. The large beach at Ayioi Anargyroi has lots of facilities and offers visitors exciting opportunities for lots of different water sports.

An island that continues to celebrate its independence and retains a unique character, Spetses makes a fascinating stop-off on your holiday.

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