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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

Nautitech, 2011
Nautitech 441
Olympic Marina
(Greece)
Gennaker
Safety net
Bimini
Sprayhood
Fishing gear
Roller furling genoa
Swimming ladder
Internet connection
Generator
Grill
Dinghy
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Batten mainsail
Stand up paddle
Outboard engine
Autopilot
Refrigerator
From 30/03 to 06/04
3 300
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2018
Sense 51
Agios Kosmas (Elliniko)
(Greece)
Swimming ladder
Bow thruster
Dishwasher
Roller furling genoa
Generator
Bimini
Bathing platform
Gennaker
CD/DVD
Sprayhood
Refrigerator
Stand up paddle
Batten mainsail
Dinghy
Microwave
Outboard engine
TV
From 30/03 to 06/04
2 480 1 860
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2015
Bavaria 51 Cruiser
Agios Kosmas (Elliniko)
(Greece)
TV
Inverter
Outboard engine
Dinghy
Snorkeling gear
Stand up paddle
Air condition
Refrigerator
Teak
Autopilot
Sprayhood
Gennaker
Roller furling mainsail
Bathing platform
Bimini
Heating
Generator
Electric winches
Deck shower
Roller furling genoa
GPS plotter
Swimming ladder
Bow thruster
From 30/03 to 06/04
1 710 1 282
for 1 week, bareboat
Poncin Yachts, 2007
Harmony 52
Marina Alimos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Audio input
Stand up paddle
Batten mainsail
Inverter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Swimming ladder
Internet connection
GPS plotter
Hot water
Safety net
Bimini
Sprayhood
CD/DVD
From 30/03 to 06/04
2 195 1 646
for 1 week, bareboat
Poncin Yachts, 2011
Harmony 52 Custom
Marina Alimos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Dinghy
Stand up paddle
Inverter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
GPS plotter
Bow thruster
Swimming ladder
Roller furling mainsail
Bimini
Outside speakers
Sprayhood
CD/DVD
From 30/03 to 06/04
2 195 1 646
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2008
Sun Odyssey 42i
Marina Alimos
(Greece)
Bow thruster
GPS plotter
Roller furling genoa
CD/DVD
Sprayhood
Bimini
Outside speakers
Hot water
Safety net
Refrigerator
Autopilot
Inverter
Outboard engine
Stand up paddle
Batten mainsail
Dinghy
From 30/03 to 06/04
1 300 1 105
for 1 week, bareboat