Housed in the 300-year old mansion of the Greek heroine Laskarina Bouboulina is the private museum called Bouboulina Museum wherein the personal objects of the Spetsioti heroine is displayed. Laskarina Bouboulina is one of the few Greek Revolution heroines and is one of the strongest women in Greek history who died in 1825 due to a family feud in Spetses. Although the museum is visited for its history and collection, the museum’s wood-carved Florentine ceiling is also something that you ought to check out on your visit.
Another museum in the island is the Museum of Spetses in which items that depict the history of Spetses are exhibited. The museum holds items from the ancient Spetse up to the modern times. The Museum of Spetses is located in the mansion of a 19th-century Spetsioti tradesman named Hatzigianni-Mexi.
Although a difficult destination to reach, the Cave of Bekiris is one of the most beautiful spots in Spetses. Located near the Agioi Anargiri beach, the cave is known as the “cave of filmmakers and lovers” due to the type of visitors that its interior attracts. The cave can be reached by following a trekking path, or by simply riding a boat. The journey, so far, to the Cave of Bekiris, may seem easy, but the hard part lies at the entrance of the cave. With an entrance positioned so low, you would need to swim in order to get in it. The interior of the cave, however, makes the challenge worth it. With a blue-green water and a sandy beach on the side, the Cave Bekiris would take your breath away. Stalactites and stalagmites hanging from the cave’s ceiling, creating a romantic atmosphere that’s ideal for couples who are visiting the cave.
Another sandy beach attraction of Spetses is the Agia Paraskevi housed in a sheltered cove. Located 12 kilometers from Dapia, the Agia Paraskevi Beach is shaded by a thick pine forest wherein water sports facilities are located. On the beach is also a snack bar which caters to its family-friendly crowd. Located on the beach is a church with the same name to which Agia Paraskevi owes its name to. It, however, only opens on July 26. Agia Paraskevi can be reached by visitors either by road or taxi boats.
An event to watch out for in Spetses is the Armata Festival which is celebrated throughout the second week of September. The festival mainly features artistic events, including traditional dances, various exhibitions and presentations, and theatrical performances. The peak of the festival is on Saturday when locals and visitors get together to celebrate the Spetses naval battle that happened on September 8, 1822, which is dramatized in the festival at night. The performance makes use of real ships, and the locals even build a model ship for the festival so that they can burn it in the sea as the fireworks go off into the sky, marking the end of the week-long festival.
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