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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, 2007
Sun Odyssey 45
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
TV
From 23/11 to 30/11
1 300 910
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria C45 Style
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Coffee maker
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 23/11 to 30/11
2 050 1 640
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2019
Bavaria Cruiser 46
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 23/11 to 30/11
2 200
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2016
Beneteau Sense 50
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
Air condition
Audio input
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fishing gear
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Grill
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 23/11 to 30/11
2 700
for 1 week, bareboat
Dufour, 2019
Dufour 56 Exclusive
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
Batten mainsail
Electric toilet
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Self-tacking jib
Teak
From 23/11 to 30/11
5 900
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2007
Bavaria 39 Cruiser
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 23/11 to 30/11
1 100
for 1 week, bareboat