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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

Beneteau, 2011
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Sprayhood
Roller furling genoa
CD/DVD
Bow thruster
GPS plotter in cockpit
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Batten mainsail
Autopilot
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Hot water
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Autopilot
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Safety net
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GPS plotter
Refrigerator
Outboard engine
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4 800 2 880
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Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
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Marina Gouvia, Corfu
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Bow thruster
CD/DVD
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Hot water
Internet connection
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Dinghy
Bow thruster
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Inverter
CD/DVD
GPS plotter
Batten mainsail
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Refrigerator
Electric winches
Outboard engine
Autopilot
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Safety net
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Jeanneau, 2015
Sun Odyssey 439
Paros, Paros
(Greece)
Refrigerator
Batten mainsail
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Bimini
Autopilot
Sprayhood
Solar panels
CD/DVD
Roller furling genoa
Bow thruster
Dinghy
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3 320 2 988
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2007
Bavaria 42 Cruiser
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Outboard engine
GPS plotter
Refrigerator
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Deck shower
Internet connection
Sprayhood
Hot water
Dinghy
CD/DVD
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Outside speakers
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From 28/09 to 05/10
2 100 1 575
for 1 week, bareboat