The Saronic Gulf Islands

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  • 1. Armata Festival

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    Thousands flock in from all over Greece to attend the Armata Festival celebrations on Spetses, held in honor of Panayia Armata (Virgin Mary...

    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 Army"), in what is probably the most glorious weekend on the island's calendar. During the second week of September Spetses mounts an enormous harbor-front reenactment of a War of Independence naval battle (the epic battle took place on September 8, 1822), complete with costumed fighters and burning ships. Book your hotel well in advance if you wish to see this popular event. There are also concerts and exhibitions during the week leading up to it.

    Spetses Town, Spetses, Greece
  • 2. Miaoulia

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    The island celebrates its crucial role in the War of Independence with the Miaoulia, which takes place the last weekend of June. At around 10...

    The island celebrates its crucial role in the War of Independence with the Miaoulia, which takes place the last weekend of June. At around 10 o'clock on Saturday night, Hydra's small port goes dark, and a journey into history commences as the day's festivities culminate in a reenactment of the night Admiral Miaoulis loaded a vessel with explosives and sent it upwind to the Turkish fleet back in 1821. Naturally, the model enemy's ship goes down in flames. Fireworks, music, traditional dancing, treasure hunts, and sports competitions all accompany the burning of the fleet, a glorious part of Hydra's Naval Week.

    Hydra Town, Hydra, Greece
  • 3. Aegina Music Festival

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    Taking place from the second week in August until the end of the month, Aegina town hosts local and international classical musicians who perform...

    Taking place from the second week in August until the end of the month, Aegina town hosts local and international classical musicians who perform on Avra Beach right in front of the ancient site of Kolona and at the church of Sotiras. The event is directed by the renowned pianist Dora Bakopoulou. Tickets are available at Aiakeion café (Aegina Port) or at the venues.

    Aegina Town, , Greece

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  • 4. Ayios Nektarios Monastery

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    Two of the most important festivals held at Ayios Nektarios Monastery are Whit Monday, or the day after Pentecost (the seventh Sunday after...

    Two of the most important festivals held at Ayios Nektarios Monastery are Whit Monday, or the day after Pentecost (the seventh Sunday after Easter), and the November 9th Saint's nameday, when the remains of Ayios Nektarios are brought down from the monastery and carried in a procession through the streets of town, which are covered in carpets and strewn with flowers.

    , Aegina, 18010, Greece
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  • 5. Ayios Sostis

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    On September 6 and 7, the feast of the martyr Sozon is observed with a two-day paniyiri (saint's day festival), celebrated at the church of...

    On September 6 and 7, the feast of the martyr Sozon is observed with a two-day paniyiri (saint's day festival), celebrated at the church of Ayios Sostis in Perdika.

    Perdika, Attica, 18010, Greece
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  • 6. Panayia Chrysoleontissa

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    On the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, August 15th—the biggest holiday of the Christian summer throughout Europe—a celebration is held at Panayia...

    On the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, August 15th—the biggest holiday of the Christian summer throughout Europe—a celebration is held at Panayia Chrysoleontissa, a mountain monastery built between 1403 and 1614.

    , Aegina, 18010, Greece
  • 7. Saronic Chamber Festival

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    The Saronic Chamber Music Festival features the excellent Leondari ensemble, an international group of world-class musicians who perform on...

    The Saronic Chamber Music Festival features the excellent Leondari ensemble, an international group of world-class musicians who perform on the island of Spetses in August. There are also concerts in Galatas, Hydra, Poros, and Kythera. All performances start at 9 pm.

    Kapodistrian Cultural Hall, Spetses Town, Spetses, 18050, Greece

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