A boat-trip to Spinalonga will become one of the most memorable days of your vacations on Crete. The small fortified island with a perimeter of only 850m lies just off the coast of the village of Elounda in Eastern Crete and carries a long and touching history. The remains of a Venetian fortification and abandoned barracks silently hide impressive stories and a turbulent history of fierce battles and occupation throughout the centuries and much human suffering. Nowadays Spinalonga is mostly known for its last inhabitants as a home of a leper colony from 1903 – 1957. The leprosy patients coming from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined once they set foot on Spinalonga and passed from the tunnel-entrance.
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