The Saronic Gulf Islands Performing Arts

Armata Festival

  • Festivals
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 09/03/2014

Fodor's Review

Thousands flock in from all over Greece to attend the Armata festival celebrations on Spetses, held in honor of Panayia Armata (Virgin Mary 'of the Arms'), in what is probably the most glorious weekend on the island's calendar. Spetses mounts an enormous harbor-front reenactment of a War of Independence naval battle during the second week of September (the epic battle took place on the September 8, 1822), complete with costumed fighters and burning ships. Book your hotel well in advance if you wish to see this popular event, popularly known as the Armata. There are also concerts and exhibitions the week leading up to it.


Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?



No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.