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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, 2016
Oceanis 411
Booked 1 time recently
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(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Hot water
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
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for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2019
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(Greece)
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Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
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2 044 1 533
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2011
Bavaria 50 Cruiser
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(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Microwave
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
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2 071 1 553
for 1 week, bareboat
Elan Marine, 2011
Elan 384 Impression
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(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 18/04 to 25/04
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for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2012
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Skiathos, Skiathos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
From 18/04 to 25/04
1 867
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2009
Bavaria 43 Cruiser
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(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
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 18/04 to 25/04
1 300 1 040
for 1 week, bareboat