Spetses is the last in line, island of the Argosaronic
Gulf and only 51 nautical miles away from Piraeus. It is approx.
25,25 sq meters in size and with a population of 3,427. The city
of Spetses was and continues being a historical reflection of
residential nobility, and long lasting tradition. The island resists
even to date, from the storming through of cars and in fact of
any motorized vehicles, thus offering to both is residents and
also to all its visitors a unique calmness.
Dapia the most important gunnery of the island was a place of
gathering for the captain's during the revolution and was and
is the commercial center of the island. The incredible mansions
of Hatzigianni Mexi, powerful elder of Spetses and the first governor
of the island, now houses the museum of Spetses.
Smaller is size and with some French
influence is the house of Theodoraki Mexi. In front
of Bouboulinas Square you will find the mansion for
Soritios Anargyros. The mansion of Lasksrina Bouboulina
is located at the edge of the park. The road heading
right from the harbor starts and advances throughout
the whole length of the wharf to finally reach the old
While on this road you will have the chance to see the
post Byzantine metropolis of the island, that once used
to be a monastery and is dedicated to Saint Nikolas.
Worthwhile your attention is the mansion of Vamvas,
with its rare for the local buildings, multiple architectural
forms. Standing out from the rest of the mansions, is
the mansion of Theohari. Finally you will reach Baltiza
or best known as the old port of the island.
At the area of Evangelistria you will see the adjacently built
mansion of Anagnostis Botasis. Near the lighthouse you will come
across the church of Panagia Armata and also the infamous Cannons
promenade that stretches out to approximately 1 klm. (You will
come across several cannons through out your walk)
During the Easter season the church
of Analysis revives the old tradition of the throwing
of fireworks and also the burning of an old boat by
the young people.
Kounoupitsa is situated at the north part of the island
and was established during the revolution of 1821. The
far most part of Kounoupitsa is called Souribouti. In
this area you will only find small houses. Between them
you will have the chance to see the house of G. Boukouris,
which stands out from the rest.
On the outskirts of the city you will find the establishments
of the Anargirion and Corgialenion schools of Spetses,
were only a few years back, offspring of both Greek
and foreign wealthy families, use to board and study
Very near to the schools, you will see
the magnificent hotel of Kasteli, were a lot of the
visitors of the islands choose for their accommodation
during their stay on the island. Southwest of Kounoupitsa
and over the hill you will come across a Kasteli- (castle)
that was built in the 1800, and housed the city of Spetses
in the past.