Cruise in Spetses island - "Armata" festival, September 7th 2019
In the 1821 Revolution for Independence, the Naval fleet of Spetses, led by the national Greek heroine Laskarina Bouboulina, defeated the Turkish fleet in a decisive naval battle (in Sept. 8th 1822). The Spetsiots dedicated their victory to the Virgin Mary (Panagia) by building the chapel of "Panagia Armata" because, according to tradition, She helped the Greeks defeat the Turkish fleet. To commemorate the occasion, a festival and re-enactment of the battle takes place annually, called "Armata".
Crowds of visitors, Greek and foreign, come to Spetses island every September to attend the glorious "Armata" celebrations, that last one week and are held in memory of the Naval Battle of Spetses. The celebrations program includes painting exhibitions, music and dancing events (concerts, choruses, groups of folk dancers and musicians, etc.), theatrical performances, cannons firing, etc.
On the second Saturday of September, the re-enactment of the historic naval battle takes place, with the firing-up of the effigy of the Turkish flagship, while simultaneously the historical events are narrated and the show ends with an impressive display of fireworks and firecrackers.
The events of 2019 in Spetses are starting on Saturday, August 31st and end on Sunday, September 8th 2019.
To visit the island and participate in the re-enactment of the naval battle, there is a special Cruise from Tolo to Spetses!
The ship sails from the port of Tolo
Return - End of cruise
Saturday, September 7th 2019
Adults 30€ / person
Children 5-12 y.o.15€ (half price)
Information - Reservations
Τ. +30 27520 22100, (9:00 - 17:00)
Did you know that?
The celebrations are attended by a large number of inhabitants of Spetses and a multitude of officials, representatives of the state, of the church, the authorities, intellectuals and artists, who honor Spetses with their presence. The Hellenic Navy honors the historic naval battle with the presence of a war ship and troops.