Spinalonga: A Fortified Island with a Rich History

Spinalonga, once a Venetian fortress and later an Ottoman stronghold, stands proudly in the Gulf of Mirabello. Its dramatic walls tell tales of battles, resilience, and even a 20th-century leper colony. Its tragic past and rich history captivate all who visit. Explore its narrow alleys, visit the abandoned village, and feel the echoes of centuries past. Victoria Hislop’s novel, “The Island,” has immortalized this unique place in literature.

How to go to Spinalonga

From Agios Nikolaos

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From Elounda

From Plaka

The Island