Short History of Spetses Island

The Island of Spetses

Spetses, is located at the entrance of the Bay of Argos.

It was first habited in the Early Helladic era (2500 - 2000 B.C.), as certified by the remains of walls, statuettes and clay vessels found at Agia Marina.


Due to the fact that it is a small island, there were no important events in its history. The island was under the domination of Rome and later under that of the Byzantine Empire. Due to its position, it also was target of pirate raids.

It took part, with Hydra, in the War of Independence against the Turks in 1821. The wealthiest captains of the island, amongst them a woman, Laskarina Bouboulina, provided significant assistance by placing their ships at the disposal of the war effort.On the western side of the island, near the beach of Agii Anargiri, there is the cave of Bekiri, which has great historical interest since many revolutionaries found refuge there during the War of Independence in 1821.


The most Important Festival of religious and historical meaning is "Armata". Early in September with weekly events leading to their peak on the 8th, the locals together with the guests celebrate the anniversary of the Great Spetses naval battle, one of the most significant fights of the 1821 revolution, which took place on the 8th of September 1822, where the enemy fleet was defeated to retreat after losing their flag ship. Every year thousands of visitors on 8th. of September re-live that courageous victory with a spectacular dramatization.


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