Τετάρτη, 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

Spetses: A 'walk back to the glorious past'


When you walk in the streets of Spetses you feel like you are actually in the past – the traditional architecture, the Byzantine churches, the carriages, the historic museums, and the cannons surrounding the main port of the island, everything “belongs” to the past.

In the Medieval times, the island flourished with trade and the locals constructed elegant mansions that survive till today.
This Greek island, which is located in the Saronic Gulf, also played a major role in the World of Independence against Ottoman Empire in 1821 – when the war broke out, the local commercial ships were turned into military ships and contributed significantly to set the country free.
The re-enactment of the naval battle of Spetses of September 1822 is the best known traditional event in the island that attracts thousands of visitors.
On the second weekend of September, the Armata Festival takes place and then you can watch the burning of a boat in commemoration of a naval flight between Greeks and Turks.
The island of Spetses is ideal for a weekend getaway for Athenians for two reasons: it is so close to the Greek capital – it only takes two hours by boat to get there – and it has also amazing beaches in natural coves with crystal clear blue-green waters.
Close to Agioi Anargyri beach is located the cave Bekiris - to go there it would be a thrilling experience!
Spetses is just 1.3 miles away from Peloponnese.