Famed for its location on important trading routes, this Saronic Island offers plenty of spice. Revered across Greece for its leading role in the uprising against the Ottomans, Spetses symbolically hoisted the flag of rebellion aloft over the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos, back in 1821. Today, the earthy, rustic atmosphere charms all visitors, and you’ll love sitting in quiet cafes, watching as horse-drawn carriages trundle by, and lapping up the peace and quiet in the car-free town.
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Discover the exquisite beauty and history of Spetses Island in a unique new way during this invigorating, half-day bicycle excursion.
Spetses, Guided Bicycle Tour
Depart the pier for the short, guided walk to the Bicycle Centre. Upon arrival, receive your safety and bicycling instructions, don your helmet and begin your guided bicycle tour of Spetses. An island boasting a long naval tradition, Spetses is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. It was here that the revolutionary flag was raised on 3rd April 1821. The island has managed to retain its unique traditional character thanks to its well-preserved grand captain mansions, a wonderful testament to the island's glorious past. The picturesque old harbour and Dápia, a tourist and commercial centre where the heart of the island's entertainment beats, are the trademarks of the town of Spetses.
Town Centre, Old Port, Mansions, Coastal Road, West Coast, Agia Paraskevi Beach, Aegean Sea
Enjoy a brisk ride from the town centre to the old port. From here, proceed through the picturesque alleys and past grand old mansions. Your route continues along the coastal road to the west-end of the island, passing by its crystal-clear waters en route to Agia Paraskevi Beach. A stop is made here to relax with a refreshing beverage, and take a quick, optional dip in the Aegean Sea. Following your visit, ride back to the Bicycle Centre, then commence the short walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of bicycling for approximately 17.4 miles (about 28 kilometres) and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres). This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition, and able to ride a bicycle for long distances. This tour is not recommended for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking or sport shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests who wish to swim at Agia Paraskevi Beach should bring a towel and bathing suit from the ship. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guests must provide their height well in advance of the tour in order to provide them with the right bicycle. Safety helmets are provided, and must be worn the entire time whilst bicycling. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover the history and grandeur of Spetses on-foot during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Spetses, Boubolina Mansion
Depart the pier for the short, guided walk to the Bouboulina Mansion. Built in the late-17th century, this mansion has functioned as a museum since 1991. It pays homage to the Greek War of Independence, with an emphasis on the life of the heroine Laskarina Bouboulina. The Bouboulina Mansion consists of a ground floor, with two floors above it. An external stone staircase connects the front yard with the first floor, where the museum is housed. Visiting areas on the first floor consist of four large rooms; the Grand Salon, Dining Room, Hall and Fireplace Room.
Grand Salon, Dining Room, Hall, Fireplace Room
The most impressive room of the mansion, the Grand Salon features a lovely, Florentine-carved ceiling and served as the setting for war meetings between Bouboulina and the Spetsiot captains. The Dining Room is highlighted by a handmade wooden model of the Agamemnon. In the Hall, some of the Bouboulina's personal belongings are displayed. Included is a very large reproduction of the famous oil painting of the heroine by the German master Peter Von Hess, which shows Bouboulina commanding the bombardment of Nafplion. The Fireplace Room, the everyday room of the mansion, is adorned with furniture mainly from the 19th century, photographs of Bouboulina's descendants and several objects of everyday use. Leaving the Bouboulina Mansion, continue on-foot to the Spetses Museum.
Chatzigiannis-Mexis Mansion, Spetses Museum, Ceramics, Pillars, Sculptures, Icons, Heirlooms
The museum is housed in the Chatzigiannis-Mexis Mansion. The mansion features high arcades, was built in 1798 and declared a cultural monument in 1924. The Spetses Museum began as an archaeological, historical and folkloric collection of the island in 1939. The first floor is open to the public. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour. Along the way, view exhibits spanning 4,000 years of the island's cultural history. Highlights include Hellenic Period, Oriental and occidental ceramics, Roman Period tombstones, pillars and sculptures, post-Byzantine and Russian icons, important heirlooms from the Revolution of 1821, and rare wooden ship-front figureheads. Following your guided tour, some free time is made available for independent exploration. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the short walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate in the mansion and museum. Walking in Spetses is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection is recommended.