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.
You might have seen the tv-serie “Who Pays the Ferryman?” or red the novel “The Island” by Victoria Hislop.
Our trip: boat-departure from Elounda, to bring you to Spinalonga where a guided tour will conduct you to the sorrowful destiny of the isle. After your return to the port, a visit to Agios Nikolaos will complete your excursion day.