According to archaeological findings Spetses was first inhabited during the first Hellenic Era, about 2300 bc.
After the Francs occupation, Spetses fell under Venetian control (1200-1460). From 1460 to 1821, followed 400 years of Turkish occupation. Since the 17th century, the population increased with the coming og people from the Peloponnesian regions of Lakonia, Kynouria, Argolida and Ermioni.
During the revolution of 1821, the island reached its economic peak and remained there for several years. At the dawn of the 20th century, Spetses’ economy became depressed and the two World Wars brought poverty to the island, thus obliging many inhabitants to abandon it.
When the War of Independence broke out in 1821, Spetses was the first of the three navally significant islands (Hydra, Spetses and Psara) to respond to the call for help.
In the following years the Spetsiots continued to fight for the freedom of their country until Kapodistrias came to power(1828).
Spetses island, like too many places in Greece that have retained their traditional character, are themselves a big attraction. Meanwhile, the long and significant history, and modern civilization have created Spetses beautiful sights. Besides its wonderful beaches, someone must see and admire the following attractions on the island as the historical square of Dapia, the house of Xatzigianni Mexi and many.
There are plenty of places to eat out in Spetses, ranging from upmarket restaurants to fast food outlets. Most are situated in and around town and in the old harbour area (Palio Limani) and of course there is a selection of well established beachside restaurants. Also nightclubs are located in the old harbour area and although they can probably be counted on two hands, they seem to keep most who frequent them, busy until the early hours.