Originally, Spinalonga was not an island – it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defense purposes and a fort was built there. During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island.The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film. This excursion is a perfect option for those who want to combine land & sea tours. You will also have the opportunity to visit the eastern part of Crete, Agios Nikolaos, a small town with a picturesque harbor and the island of Spinalonga.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos, Agios Nikolaos, Lasithi Prefecture, CreteWe visit the eastern part of the island. Passing through Heraklio, we reach Agios Nikolaos, a small town with a picturesque harbor. The hilly town is built around a former sweet water lake.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Spinalonga (Kalydon), Elounda, Lasithi Prefecture, CreteBy boat we visit the island of Spinalonga. This island was used as a Leper Colony until 1957. In the small village under the Venetian fortress the stigmatized lepers shared fates when exiled to the island. We make a stop to take a swim in the clean waters of Kolokitha beach in the area of the remains of the ancient sunken city of Olous.Duration: 5 hours