Renting a sailboat is a fantastic way to discover Spetses, one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan islands of the Saronic Gulf. The narrow streets of the town, neoclassical houses, pebbled courtyards, and the beautiful balconies of Spetses make it a truly unique place to visit. Cars are forbidden in Spetses, travel is only achieved by renting a boat, motorbike, bicycle, taxi, or hopping on a horse-drawn carriage. Due to the island’s location, you can easily rent a boat or yacht and visit nearby islands of the Argosaronic Gulf, as well as other coastal towns such as Porto Heli and Ermioni. You can directly contact the boat owners, simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
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You can book a sailboat with a captain or without a captain if you have a license, and organize a few days' vacations on the nearby islands of Hydra, Dokos, and Spetsopoula. Moreover, Spetses is known for its cosmopolitan character and is an ideal destination if you want to organize a corporate charter or a team-building event. Finally, you can rent a luxury sailboat and go island-hopping in the Saronic Gulf for as many days as you wish.
Spetses got its current name during the Venetian period, because of its many fragrant flowers (Isola di Spezia, meaning island of perfumes) and became one of the strongest naval and commercial powers in the Aegean. The first signs of human existence on the island date back to the Mesolithic era, around 8000 BC. In 1821, with the outbreak of the Greek Revolution, many Spetsiot sailors contributed their considerable naval strength to the struggle, of which the Laskarina Bouboulina became a prominent figure.
It is worth visiting the island at the beginning of September where the Armatas Festival is held every year, a re-enactment of the 1822 naval battle of Spetses, in which boats participate with fireworks and firecrackers. The events last for a week and on the second weekend of September, Spetses becomes a meeting point for boat owners and yachtsmen who gather to watch the events. Off the coast of Spetses, behind the sailing boats and celebrity yachts, there is always a naval frigate anchored throughout the celebrations to pay tribute to the victory. After the liberation, Spetses did not manage to regain its former commercial and economic power, due to its decision not to use steam in shipping, however, since the beginning of the 20th century the island has shown significant recovery, relying mainly on tourism.
Spetses is a popular destination for a short break. It is less than 2 hours away from Piraeusand is a great escape for those who wish to avoid the big-city noise of Athens. If you have more time, can easily rent a sailboat or yacht from Spetses to visit the nearby islands of the Saronic Gulf. These include Spetsopoula, which belongs to the Niarchos family, and Dokos, which has only 18 permanent residents. In addition, it is worth renting a sailboat, with or without a captain, to visit the equally cosmopolitan Hydra in less than 2 hours and Porto Heli, which for many is considered the Riviera of Greece!
Sailing in Spetses will allow you to discover many beaches with ease. Agios Mammas, Agia Paraskevi, Vrellos, and Agia Marina are some excellent choices. You may also enjoy a cruise to several destinations around the Argolic Gulf, such as Tolo and Nafplio. With so many beautiful places to visit, Spetses continues to be a magnet for the yachting set. Local taverns are spread all over Spetses, all of which offer a gorgeous view over the coastline. Locals are more than welcoming, and you can even discover a friendly individual to guide you towards the best sailing spots in Spetses.
Below you will find some useful information for your sailboat rentals in Spetses.
It is the new port of the island located in Dapia, there are small and large piers that can accommodate sailboats.
It is the old port of Spetses and now serves to moor private yachts. Since the creation of Dapia, it functions more as a marina than as a port. There are 5 small piers used by the passengers of boats that moor here.
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