Monday 25 July 2016

Spinalonga Island, Crete, Greece

Spinalonga Island
Rating: 4 out of 5

Spinalonga is a small island near Elounda. Spinalonga has a long history due to its strategic location but up until the 1950s it was used as a leper colony and is also known as the leper island.



Spinalonga: Boat drop off

On the way to Spinalonga

Spinalonga is the last European leper colony and is currently an inhabited island with ruins of the leper colony and a fort.

Fort at Spinalonga

Views from Spinalonga

Gate to the Aegean

Aegean sea

Ruins of leper colony at Spinalonga

Views from Spinalonga

Fort at Spinalonga


Rustic architecture

It is a fortified island about 20 min by boat from Elounda. You can get tickets from Elounda harbour for only €10 per person. However, the boats are not really on a particular schedule and no information is provided re pick up from the island so be preformed to wait - which can be very annoying in the heat. 
The island itself is uninhabited and has some stunning views. It also includes ruins of the leper colony and the fort.

Views of Crete

Admiring the views

Streets of Spinalonga

House in Spinalonga

Definitely worth a visit but the disorganised boats annoyed me.

Ruins at Spinalonga

Peering from old houses

Colourful doors

Rustic Blue

Relaxing after exploring the island


View from fort at Spinalonga

Ruins of the leper colony at Spinalonga

Bye Bye, Spinalonga!

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