Spetses Island

About Spetses

Spetses is the southernmost island of the Saronic Gulf and the honour of national recognition for its vital and incalculable contribution during the war of independence against the Ottoman Empire. The highest point of the island is “Profitis Elias”, with a height of 291 metres, while the ring road is 24 kilometres long. The population of the island is 4.100, mainly living in the town of Spetses.

In ancient times the island was called “Pityousa” which means “pine-clad”. This name was probably used for 3.000 years until the first centuries of the Byzantine Empire. The current name originates from the Venetians, who named the island “Isola de Spezzie”-fragrant island- because of the many herbs that grew on its mountains. The name Spetses was later derived from this description.

Spetses is today one of the favourite islands of both Greek and foreign tourists, maintaining its cosmopolitan style with visits from V.I.P.S. from all parts of the world. Its location (2 ½ hours by road or 1 ½ hours by sea from Athens), regular connections with Piraeus, and the proximity of Peloponnesian coast (1,3 miles) make the island easily accessible.
Geographical Info

Longitude: 23.15588 – Latitude: 37.26903   Area: 22.2 km2

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