Elounda Spinalonga description:
This tour starts at Agios Nikolaos, a pretty town with a lake that has inspired many people to write several myths about its depth. The tour continues to Elounda, from which the visitor boards on a boat to sail to the island of Spinalonga, a former leper colony.
Spinalonga is a small island near Elounda in East Crete. Spinalonga is also known as the Leper Island, as that is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined until 1957. Today thousands of tourists visit Spinalonga each summer by boat from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Plaka, for a tour of its ruined buildings, which the Archaeological Service is laboriously trying to maintai According to the data for 2009, Spinalonga has 1200-1500 visitors daily during the summer months and is the most popular archaeological site in Crete after Knossos. The strategic position of the rocky islet for the control and defence of Elounda harbour could not but mark Spinalonga with a turbulent history of fierce battles and much human suffering
Spinalonga was one of the strongest fortresses during the Venetian Period. In 1912 the Cretan State turned it to a hospital for lepers and later on patients from all over Greece came to live here forming thus an original society. The island has been uninhabited since 1958 when all lepers moved to various hospitals. Their houses, their coffee-shop and churches are more or less well preserved.
The next stop of the boat trip is Kolokytha where you can swim in the crystal-blue water of the Gulf of Mirabello. Bathing suite is essential!!!
Languages: ENG – DE – NL – FR – RUS (WED-FRI)
Prices: 36.00 (adult), 18.00 (child) Entrance: 2.00, Boat -BBQ: 14.00
Days: MON – WED – FRI