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...more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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...more
It is the oldest tavern of Spetses Island - Greece. In 1935, old "Barba" Panos the fisherman, head of the family, laid the foundation of the Patralis Fish Tavern. Since, the tradition continues to flourish in the hands of "Barba" Panos' descendants: his son Vassilis and the three grandsons: Nikos, Panagiotis and Argiris, worthy heirs, offer a...more
Nothing we had was bad. On the contrary, I could imagine an expecting mother in Athens, or Thessaloniki for that matter, getting a wild craving for fresh fried fish and driving in the middle of the night all the way to Bouboulina's for the feast we had!Everything is fresh and served by friendly and polite waiters. While you are waiting for the main...more
39 Reviews and Opinions
For night-clubs, various alternatives are available such as Figaro which has a seaside patio and plays international funk until midnight, followed by Greek music until dawn.Delfinia Disco is located on the road between Dapia and the Old Harbour and is a quite popular spot. Disco Fever is the favourite place for British tourists and Naos, looking...more
The most popular bars are Socrates, in the heart of Dapia, Anchor Bar, Bracera Music Bar on the yachting marina; soft Greek music can be heard at Halcyon and at Veranda Bar; in the west of the town, in the district of Kounoupitsa, Zorbas and Kalia are very popular bars playing international music.more
Modern modes of transportation mingle with the old on the busy roads of Spetses. Today's travellers, move by horse drawn carriages, by foot, by motorcycle and even by Segway! What's a Segway? It's that new individual electrically powered mover-standup-strange looking vehicle! One of the big yachts moored in the harbour at Dapia had two of these new...more
When we think of Greek islands, we usually think of white houses and sandy beaches. Yet, many of these small Greek islands were inhabited mainly by fishermen. This tradition is still alive today and Spetses is no exception. While in Spetses, you may eat at any one of many local tavernas specializing in fresh fish. You may also buy fresh fish from...more
Walking up the main street from the port in Dapia, on your left hand side, you will come to what looks like a local supermarket, which is exactly what this is. The prices are too high for most items, but it's conveniently located and easy to carry things that you need in a pinch. If you like cheese, though, and you are lucky to find this delicacy,...more
Spetses has a very unique Parade on the last Sunday before Clean Monday. All the local groups, schools, private citizens construct floats and dress up in colourful costumes. There are always floats in the carnival parade with political satire and 2012 was no exception. As they say, 'A picture speaks a thousand words,' so please have a look at the...more
If you are lucky to be in the church when the old icons are being restored, you will be treated to a very special and rare occasion. While visiting Spetses in November, 2009, I was so blessed to watch a local icon restorer working on precious icons from the 1700's. What a delicate and difficult job this is. First they clean the surface of the icon...more
We were recommended this restaurnat by a local person (my girlfriend is a fluent Greek speaker, and I can get by) and it proved to be a huge disappointment, not to mention probably the most overpriced place I have ever eaten in the Greek islands.
Despite the fact that it was early season, and there were few people there, service was poor to say the least - I have no idea how they survive during busy periods. The food was acceptable, although nothing special,but what really annoyed me was the fact that we paid about three times what we had paid a couple of days before in a vastly superior restaurant on a nearby island - the fish was prohibitivley expensive. Considering that the place is an island with rich fishing grounds nearby, I fail to understand why most of the seafood was frozen (which must be advertised on the menu). Fresh fish, as I said, was a complete ripoff.
Just to let you know where it is, if you turn left from the place where the ferries dock (going towards the old harbour) it's about 100 yards along the seafront.
Unique Suggestions: You don't have to go there.
Fun Alternatives: Unfortunately, it appears that the area round the seafront in Spetses specialises in overpriced restaurant serving frozen produce. It's quite difficult to find a place serving fresh fish that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Considering that the place makes it's living from tourism, I found this most disheartening.
Readers of my pages will known that I love my photos, but I wouldn't even bother putting a photo of this place here.
Our famous 'Green Door' house has now become the 'Blue Door' house! On most of the islands in Greece, there are specific colours that the houses may be painted by order of the local authorities. On the island of Spetses, the colours are Blue or Green. With a new coat of paint, the house looks young and fresh with its periwinkle blue trimmings.more
Anywhere you go in Greece in the Spring, is Beautiful! Spetses is no exception, and if anything, it is an exception in the sense that it is covered with flowers I've seen no where else but in Spetses.My friend, whose wonderful house I am so lucky to be able to spend many days every year, has one of the most extraordinary flower gardens on the...more
'Votsila' in Greek means 'stone.' 'Volta' means 'a walk.' You can go for many walks in Spetsis on these original and unique stone mosaic designed pavements. Spetsis is famous for its stone-paved walkways and garden decorated patios. The artisians of this very old craft have even been sent to other countries in Europe to teach other local artisians...more
Spetses is famous for its beautiful traditional architecture. Almost all the traditional houses have a courtyard decorated with pebble mosaics, inlaid with local motifs. Beautiful Venetian mansions with tiled roofs, wooden balconies and bright coloured walls are standing next to superb neoclassical residences and 19th century two-storey houses with...more
Spetses is one of the three important naval islands (with Hydra and Psara), dedicated its powerful fleet and its soul to fight against the Ottoman. The patriotism and courage of the Spetsiots being unbeatable and immortal, they were the first to respond to the revolutionary call in 1821. One of the most famous heroes of the Greek Revolution was the...more