Take Part in the Armata Festival While Sailing in Greece
Just a short boat ride from Athens lies Spetses, an island known more for its scenery and seaside pursuits than its social scene. However, this all changes in the second weekend of every September, when the fantastic Festival of Armata takes place.
The festival encompasses both celebrations for Panaghia Armata (the Madonna-in-arms) and the commemorations of the Naval Battle of Spetses.
The battle occurred on September 8, 1822 and was a major victory of Spetses’ naval forces against the Ottomans during the Greek War of Independence. Every year since 1931, the victory has been re-enacted, culminating in the burning of a Turkish Flagship replica and swiftly followed by a fantastic music and fireworks show.
While this is generally seen as the climax of the festival, there are plenty of other festivities for locals and visitors sailing in Greece to enjoy. These include cultural events, art exhibitions, traditional dancing, theatre performances and concerts, as well as a number of events specifically celebrating Laskarina Bouboulina, a legendary heroine of the revolution.
This is all topped off by the special mass and feast of the chapel of Panagheia Armata, located near the lighthouse in Spetses Old Harbour.