The island is well known for its great role in the Greek War of Independence against the Turks, in 1821. The local heroine, Laskarina Bouboulina, fought with heroism for the liberation of Greece together with her fellow revolutionists.
Today, the island is one of the top Greek holiday resorts! Really close to Epidaurus and easily accessible, the island is the ideal destination for a daily trip from Epidaurus. Visit the Museum of Bouboulina, the Museum of Spetses, the Monastery of Saint Nicolas and the church of Panagia Armata, a chapel built by captain Ioannis Koutsis in memory of the defeat of the Turkish fleet in the 1822 naval battle. The cannons are outside the church together with the statue of the hero Kosmas Barbatsis, who set the Turkish flag on fire. After enjoying the historic sights of the island, take a dive in one of its numerous beaches. You should definitely pay a visit to the renowned cave of Bekiris in the area of Agioi Anargyroi. It’s worth mentioning that every year on the first Sunday after the 8th September, when Panagia Armata is commemorated, the naval battle of Armata is reenacted at the central port, with a model of the Turkish flagship being set on fire and fireworks being thrown. This event is becoming more and more popular.