Exploring Spinalonga: a small island with historic significance

Embark on an unforgettable journey from the tiny picturesque village of Plaka to the historic island of Spinalonga, known for its captivating history, boat ride 10-15 min. Spinalonga was made famous by the bestseller “The Island” by Victoria Hislop, which is the The reality of the island as a leper colony is vividly described and the resilience and human connection are examined.

You can also start your boat trip from the beautiful harbor town of Elounda. This boat trip offers breathtaking views of the Cretan coast and the Gulf of Mirabello.

History and Significance of Spinalonga

Spinalonga looks back on a centuries-long history. Originally a Venetian fortress built in the 16th century to defend against Ottoman invasions, the island later served as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. Explore the remains of the Venetian fortress and learn about the dark chapter of Spinalonga’s past as a place of exile for lepers.

Visit to Spinalonga

After arriving on the island, you can take part in a guided tour led by experienced experts or explore the island yourself. Stroll through the narrow streets, visit the historic buildings and gain insight into the life of the islanders. Explore the tunnels, storage rooms and exhibitions that document Spinalonga’s exciting history.

Practical Information

Wear comfortable footwear suitable for walking on uneven terrain. Don’t forget to bring drinking water and sunscreen. If it’s difficult to arrange transportation, consider booking a guided sightseeing tour with Kourites for a stress-free and enriching experience. Contact us for detailed information about our tours to Spinalonga.