The Saronic Islands
Aegina, Agkistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Salamina and the peninsula of Methana form the island complex of the Argosaronic Gulf in southern Greece. Scattered all over the Argosaronic Gulf and steeped in ancient mythology, these islands are small heavens in close proximity to Athens. Daily ferry connection from the port of Piraeus makes them a lovely, easily accessible all-year-round destination for the Athenians, and not only. Visitors here will enjoy natural beauty, historical treasures, unique architecture, and glamorous, yet romantic atmosphere.
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Spetses, an island with a long naval tradition, is famous for its contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. The island has retained its individual traditional character thanks to the well-preserved grand captain mansions, still bearing eloquent witness to the island’s glorious past. The picturesque old harbor and Dápia, a tourist and commercial center are the trademarks of the town of Spetses.
The picturesque old port and Dápia, a tourist and commercial center where the heart of the island’s entertainment beats, are the trademarks of the town of Spetses. Take a romantic trip around the island in horse-drawn carriages and admire the grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets. Visit Spetses during September, when “Armata”, an impressive re-enactment of a naval battle takes place ever since 1931. If you are a sports lover, you don't want to miss the athletic events organised every year in April "Spetsathlon" and in October "Spetses Mini Marathon".
The rich history and naval tradition of the island is reflected on numerous sites that are definitely worth visiting: the House of Bouboulina, the House of Hatzigiannis Mexis, the Church of Panayia Armata, the Cathedral of Aghios Nikolaos, the War Memorial of the Spetses Navy, the Clock in Rologioú Square, and the Anargyreios Korgialeneios School, today housing the Center of Environmental Education.
Head to the island’s sun-drenched beaches and swim in blue waters with a beautiful pine-forest as backdrop: Aghioi Anargyroi, Aghia Paraskevi, Aghia Marina, Xylokériza, Vréllos, and Zogeriá.
For hotel accommodation at Spetses, look through Booking.com.
For the Travel Guide to the Greek Islands, 9th Edition, Mar. 2016, published by by Lonely Planet click here!
|3-Island Cruise from Athens: Hydra - Poros - Aegina |
Three gorgeous Greek islands in one day on an island-hopping cruise from Athens! Visiting the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina, this independent sightseeing tour includes a delicious Greek lunch and ship transfers. See the sights, shop, swim or join exciting excursions, like a trip to the Temple of Aphaia (at own expense), on this must-do day trip from Athens.