This European summer I was lucky enough to head home to Greece and enjoy the amazing summer weather, the warm sun and stunning waters of my country..
I will be sharing my adventure with you in the next few posts but I decided to start from a very special place, a little island near Athens that I used to go to as a child with my family and as a teenager with my school friends...
I always seem to want to return to Spetses because the island has a real magic that I can't get enough of.
Spetses, an island boasting a long naval tradition, is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. The island has managed to retain its individual traditional character thanks to its well-preserved grand captain mansions, still bearing eloquent witness 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.
Take a romantic trip around the island in horse-drawn carriages and admire the grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets of the island.
Enjoy greek traditional food, explore hidden caves, take night strolls, enjoy water sports, take evening boat rides, swim in the crystal clear waters and mix with the locals.
You can visit Spetses during September, when “Armata”, a truly impressive re-enactment of a naval battle takes place ever since 1931. If you are a sports lover, you definitely don't want to miss the unique athletic events organised every year in April "Spetsathlon" and October"Spetses Mini Marathon", where thousands of participants take place.
Spetsathlon, the biggest triathlon in Greece, receives athletes from every corner of Greece and the world who enjoy the Swimming, Biking and Running races.
On the other hand, Spetses mini Mararthon gathers athletes and visitors that enjoy running and swimming races for the young at heart!
If you are ever in Greece, do yourselves a favor and visit Spetses. You will love it!