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Spetses

This small island at the mouth of the Argolic Gulf was called Pityoussa, the ancient Greek word for “pine.” The Venetians dubbed it, Isola di Spezzie, or “aromatic island.” Both monikers are fair – sprawling pine groves coexist harmoniously with copious herbs, such as thyme and rosemary.

Much like Hydra, Spetses is an island of maritime glory. The local inhabitants took active part in the war for Greek independence. One of the more pivotal moments in that campaign was the Battle of Spetses, and today, the island celebrates the annual Armata festival dedicated to the victory over the Ottoman fleet. To commemorate the event, the locals gather in the harbour to build, and then ceremonially burn, a model of a Turkish ship.

Today, Spetses’ glory rests entirely in its tourist and cultural aspects. In 1965, the English writer John Fowles published his novel, The Magnus, the events of which unfold on the Island of Fraksos, inspired by Spetses. The book’s debut began drawing affluent tourists to the island; this traffic shows no signs of slowing. Even so many years later, Spetses is still viewed as a vacation spot for the elite – the last Greek monarch, Constantine II himself, visited in 2013.

Recommended boats for this region

Jeanneau, 2018
Sun Odyssey 479
Agios Kosmas (Elliniko), Athens
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Bathing platform
Autopilot
Heating
Bimini
Deck shower
Swimming ladder
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
Teak
Dinghy
Outside speakers
Bow thruster
Roller furling genoa
CD/DVD
From 03/08 to 10/08
5 510 3 306
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Bimini
Heating
Safety net
Autopilot
Sprayhood
Roller furling mainsail
Swimming ladder
CD/DVD
Roller furling genoa
Bow thruster
Dinghy
From 03/08 to 10/08
3 850 3 080
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2009
Oceanis 54
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
GPS plotter
Batten mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Refrigerator
Electric winches
Outboard engine
Heating
Stand up paddle
Safety net
Bimini
Audio input
Autopilot
Sprayhood
Internet connection
Deck shower
Fans in cabins
Swimming ladder
Bow thruster
Outside speakers
Gennaker
Roller furling genoa
CD/DVD
Air condition
Dinghy
From 03/08 to 10/08
5 500 4 125
for 1 week, bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2013
Hanse 385
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
Fans in cabins
Swimming ladder
Deck shower
Fishing gear
Inverter
Bow thruster
Outside speakers
GPS plotter
Snorkeling gear
Electric winches
Bimini
Safety net
Autopilot
Electric toilet
From 03/08 to 10/08
2 800 2 380
for 1 week, bareboat
Dufour Yachts, 2019
Dufour 460 GL
Marina Delta Kallithea, Athens
(Greece)
Refrigerator
GPS plotter in cockpit
Bimini
Autopilot
Teak
Hot water
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Roller furling mainsail
Deck shower
Solar panels
CD/DVD
Inverter
Roller furling genoa
Bow thruster
Outside speakers
From 03/08 to 10/08
4 471 3 800
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2008
Sun Odyssey 42i
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
Sprayhood
Teak
Internet connection
Fishing gear
Deck shower
Fans in cabins
Swimming ladder
Bow thruster
Gennaker
Outside speakers
Inverter
CD/DVD
Roller furling genoa
Grill
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Dinghy
Batten mainsail
GPS plotter
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Outboard engine
Stand up paddle
Safety net
Bimini
Autopilot
From 03/08 to 10/08
2 700 2 430
for 1 week, bareboat