As I spent time along the coast of Elounda and Plaka, this island (pictured below) continued to intrigue me. After doing a little research (asking a local), I learned that the island is called Spinalonga and lepers in Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined here until 1957. When I arrived to the island, I learned even more: the island was once a military fortress during Roman rule. When I got home, I also found this sensational article written by Elizabeth Warkentin: "The abandoned Greek island shrouded in mystery." No wonder I was so intrigued by this mysterious little piece of land.
How to Get to Spinalonga?
Boats to Spinalonga depart from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plakos. Explore Crete explains:
"Boats depart from Agios Nikolaos in the morning. Apart from the trip to Spinalonga, they also offer lunch and the opportunity for a swim off the beaches behind the Kolokytha Peninsula, before returning to Agios Nikolaos in the afternoon. From Elounda harbour, there is a boat to Spinalonga every 30 minutes throughout the summer. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the island, while the sea voyage sometimes includes a sail around the Kolokytha Peninsula."
Plaka is directly across from Spinalonga; boats leave from here and the trip is much shorter. I picked up a water taxi from this village- this awesome guy pictured below dropped me off, picked me up and gave me a little boar ride around the Peninsula for €20. I'd say this is the way to go.
Once there, tickets to enter the site cost €8. You can walk around on your own or pay to take a guided tour. Historical information is also posted throughout the site for visitors to read.
Pictured above is a hot view from the top of Spinalonga. The trip to this island made for an incredibly informative and interesting day.
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