Spetses Yacht Charters
Explore island Spetses on your luxury yacht charter in Greece
Virtually undiscovered, with horse-drawn carriage as the preferred mode of transport, the enchanting Spetses island offers curious yacht charter guests an authentic snapshot of Grecian luxury and history.
With its mystical sunsets, quaint, familiar feel and pleasant demeanor, its hard to believe this island was also a major player in the War of Independence. Even still, its long naval history and reputation for being the place where the revolution flag was raised in the 1821 War of Independence remains apparent in the island’s proud residents and statuesque buildings.
At the center of the island, its town square sits timeless and idyllic; lined with grandiose villas, ancient churches and local tavernas, and dotted with pedestrians smiling and laughing as they go for a leisurely stroll. Boasting an energetic and happy vibe, the island’s waterfront includes rows of luxurious yachts floating seemingly aimlessly in the Saronic Gulf; just around the corner from Spetses’ historic shipyards, where local workers still hammer away like they did during the War of Independence.
Set sail to Spetses on your private charter yacht, and discover its radiating history firsthand.
Things to Do and See on Spetses
The House of Bouboulina: Once the home of Lascarina Bouboulina – recognized as being one of the most critical fighters in the 1821 War of Independence, and the first woman in Greek history to be awarded the rank of Admiral by the Russian Navy – today, the House of Bouboulina is a public museum. Since Lascarina first moved to Spetses in 1775, the island has had a unique connection to this Hellenic heroine. Having built her own fleet of three naval ships during the infamous war, allowing her to aid in the liberation of Nafpolion and Tripoli, she has since been a household name on this Saronic island; and her 300 year-old house remains to remind residents and visitors alike of her inherent bravery and skill.
The House of Hatzigiannis Mexis: Built in the late 18th century, the House of Hatzigiannis Mexis is a living memorial of more than 4,000 years of Spetses’ history. Today, the house serves as a working museum; putting significant items from the War of Independence, letters from Greek war heroes Kolokotronis and Athanasios Diakos, a folk art collection, and the relics of Bouboulina on display – giving travelers and locals alike the chance to take in the island’s exciting history.
Church of Panayia Armata: Overlooking the old port in Spetses, the quaint yellow and white Church of Panagia Armata is a symbol of Greece’s legendary defeat of the Ottoman fleet in the naval battle of September 1922. Built by Spetsiote captain Ioannis Koutsis in the early 19th century, the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary – claiming Greece’s victory in the war to be a miracle of her neverending grace. History aside, this church also boasts some of the best sunset views in Spetses, overlooking the entire town and harbor.
Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos: As the famed site where Spetses’ revolution flag was raised in 1821, symbolizing the island’s freedom, the Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos is a significant part of Spetsiote history. Overlooking one of the island’s most picturesque spots, the beautiful bay of Agios Nikolaos, this cathedral was also the haunted locale where Paul Bonaparte, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, was preserved in a barrel of rum for close to three years.
Vréllos: The Greek word for “paradise,” the pine-filled Vréllos is unarguably the island’s most captivating beach. The starting point for popular hikes to Profitis Elias, the highest point in Spetses, today, Vréllos invites travelers and locals alike to tan on its soft, white sand, wade through its calming waters, catch a glimpse of traditional, Spetsiote living, and as with most locations in the Saronic Gulf, take in its surreal horizon views.