A tale of love and anguish, separation and fear was created on an island, where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece had been imprisoned until 1957.
Although Spinalonga is a small island and is referred to be the island of the outcasts, it has a fascinating history. The Venetians constructed a powerful castle there, on the ruins of an ancient acropolis in 1579. The island remained in the authority of the Venetians for nearly another half century until its surrender in 1715, even after the rest of Crete was conquered by the Ottomans in 1669. Now, it serves as a natural security “mechanism” for Elounda port.
Since Spinalonga is the second most visited ancient site in Crete after Knossos, hundreds of visitors go by boat from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, and Plaka each summer to see.

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