The mansion of the heroine has remained in the Bouboulis family and in 1991 the present owner - Mr Philip Demertzis-Bouboulis - a 5th generation descendant, opened the mansion as a museum. Most importantly though, the story of the legendary Bouboulina is being made known to a wide audience. May her eventful life remain an everlasting light in the shadows of our present times.
One block away from the main church on the island is a small but quite interesting museum about Laskarina Bouboulina.
They have several tours a day (check the link for the times) where the people from the museum tell you about the story of Laskarina and it´s worth joining to hear the story of this unusual woman who put her name in greek history.
The Museum was founded in 1991 by Mr. Philip Demertzis-Bouboulis, Bouboulina’s fourth generation descendant, in his effort to save the mansion from collapse. A non-profit making company manages all the Museum income, and has as its main objective the repair and maintenance of the building and its use as a museum and cultural centre, whilst at the same time recounting the story of the Greek War of Independence with emphasis on the life of the heroine Laskarina Bouboulina.
The Aghioi Pantes nunnery, a half-hour walk from Spetses Town, commading spectacular views over the beach of Aghia Marina and the neighbouring privately-owned island of Spetsopoula. On a clear day the views stretch out to the island of Hydra and the Mountain of Parnon on the Peleponnese.
The Chancellary is the first building one comes upon on disembarking at Spetses Town port. It was the meeting place of town elders before the War of Independence. In the first year of Independence it functioned as the Town Hall. The ground floor is now a shop and cafe.
The very picturesque Zogeria Beach, on the north edge of the island, is also served by tourist boats from the island and boasts a restaurant, serving its specialty of chicken in tomato sauce with spaghetti or chips.
The Bekiris Cave at Aghioi Anargyroi, complete with its own sandy beach, is a must-see. Access is overland from the northern edge of the Aghioi Anargyroi beach, or else you can swim inside through a very low opening. The cave served as a hideout for women and children during Turkish attacks on the island.
One of the island's most popular beaches are Aghioi Anargyroi, on the west side of the island. A bus and tourist boats run daily from Spetses Town during the summer season. An acceptable, if somewhat touristy, self-service restaurant operates in-season at Aghioi Anargyroi.
A walk to the Old Harbour is considered a must for visitors to the island. The coastal road is closed to vehicles in the evenings during summer season, making it a pleasant outing all the way from Spetses Town, past some of the most spectacular mansions, and on to the marina with all the luxury yachts and cruisers of the wealthier holidaying Athenians, all the way to the little churche of the Panaghia Armata and the Lighhouse--one of the first to be built in Greece, in 1837, and still in use. At a leisurely pace the complete walk shouldn't take more than an hour. Cafes, bars and restaurants abound in the Old Harbour.
Easter is also a very popular time for visiting the island. Holy Week traditions are lovingly passed on from generation to generation, with the highlights being the Good Friday mass, where funeral processions from all parishes converge on Spetses Town for a final open-air mass, and the Saturday midnight celebrations of the Resurrection with fireworks (before everyone returns home for the traditional feast that marks end of a 40-day fast).
Accommodation during the Easter weekend can be impossible to find, unless booked well in advance.
The celebrations of the Panaghia Armata are the highlight of the summer season on Spetses, attracting as many as 40,000 visitors, and culminating in the re-enectment of an 1822 naval battle between the Greek forces and the Turkish Armada. The show includes an attack on the Turkish flagship with a Greek fire-boat, which sets off a fascinating show of fireworks in the harbour of Spetses Town. The week-long celebrations culminate on the second weekend of September each year and also include concerts and other cultural events. A special mass is held in the church of Panaghia Armata in the Old Harbour, as well as at Aghios Nikolaos, the metropolis of the island.
Accommodation during Armata weekends can be impossible to find, unless booked well in advance.
The Spetses Museum is housed in the mansion of Chatzigiannis-mexis, one of the leding notables of the island at the time of the Great War of Indipendence. It was bult from 1795-98 and consists of a ground floor and two upper storeys. Only the first floor is open to the public.
The objects on display represent more than 4,000 years of the island's cultural history.
The exhibits include pottery, finds from the Classical period, sculptures and coins from the Roman, Early Christian and Byzantine periods, Post-Byzantine icons, religious vestments and other ecclesiastical objects, costumes and embroideries, objects of every-day use, wood-curved items, weapons, portraits, historical documents, etc.
Located in the heart of Dapia, the superb mansion was designed by a Greek architect in the style of the old Egyptian palaces. It is one of the finest examples of the early 20th century architecture, with a spacious garden where palm trees and a pebble walk with local motifs are forming a wonderful image.
The house used to belong to Sotiris Anargyros who was a Spetsiotis who made fortune from tobacco in the United States and who spent most of his money for various projects on Spetses.
The building has been declared of great historical and architectural value and is under historic preservation.
I never would have thought the bones of the famous freedom fighter, Laskarina Boubouli, 'Bouboulina' would have ended up in a museum on a shelf! But, here there are, in a modern box below her portrait.
This is a wonderful museum, housed in the old, traditional 'Archontiko Hatziyianni Mexi' Spetsiotes Villa, circa 1795-1798. As you walk through the house's high-walled rooms, you can imagine the way life must have been during the Greek Revolution of 1821. You will see the traditional costumes, guns and ammunition as well as household artifacts.
It is well worth the trouble of finding as this museum is a bit off the beaten path. How to find it? From Dapia, walk down one of the upper roads, in an Easterly direction, until you see a sign saying, 'Spetses Museum.' Follow the signs, or ask. I think asking is probably a good way to at least get started in the correct direction.