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Prefecture: Prefecture of Attica
Location: 37° 13′ 24″ N, 21° 9′ 48″ E

25 km²
Population: (2001)
 - Total
 - Density¹
 - Rank



sea level
248 m(centre)
Postal code: 180 50
Area/distance code: 11-30-22980 (030-22980)-7
Municipal code: 4016
3-letter abbreviation: SPE
Address of administration:
Spetses 180 50

Spetses (Greek, Modern: Σπέτσες, Ancient/Katharevousa: -ai), older form Spetsai is an island in Greece. Until 1948, it was part of the old prefecture of Argolidocorinthia that is now split into Argolis and Corinthia. In ancient times, it was known as Pityoussa and later is was known as Petses. The town is the only settlement on the island and was one of the two only provinces in Greece that has fewer than five settlements and two municipalities. It is presently an independent municipality. Ferries arrive regularly from Piraeus and Plaka near Leonidio and Nafplion on the Peloponnese. No motor vehicles are allowed on this island, so the public transportation is provided by taxi-donkeys and water taxis.(correction: There are plenty of motorcycles/scooters on Spetses and vehicles used as taxis or buses can be driven with a special license although there are not many of them) The inhabited area is so compact that most people walk everywhere. The port is also known as Dapia. Trails encircle the island and totals about 25 to 30 km.

The archaeological findings date back to 2000 BC.

From 1821 to 1822, the island played an important role in the Greek War of Independence in fighting against the Turks. Greek heroine, Lascarina Bouboulina, was based on Spetses and a museum dedicated to her can be found on the island.

Spetses also has a school, a lyceum, a gymnasium, a church including one that is named Agios Mamas and a square (plateia) of Agios Mamas.


  • Dapia, a village located 10 km from Spetses in the southwestern part and has a beach named Agioi Anargyroi

Historical population

Year Population Change Municipal/Island population.
1981 3,729 - -
1991 3,509 -220/5.9% 3,603


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