Spinalonga Island (Crete) on the way to becoming a UNESCO Heritage Site

Spinalonga Island on the way to becoming UNESCO Heritage site – first in Crete
Due to its strategic location, it was fortified and served a variety of roles and purposes over the centuries.

When you are visiting Crete make sure you take a day to visit this very magical island, just a short boat ride from Plaka port nearby Elounda.

Spinalonga has been an important place throughout Greek history, a hiding place for pirates, for the Venetians as a fortress; and more recently the island served as a leper colony.

“Spinalonga. She played with the word rolling it around her tongue like an olive stone. 50546936_10151800313029999_1969874685747265536_nThe island lay directly ahead and as the boat approached the great Venetian fortification which fronted the sea […]. This, she speculated, might be a place where history was still warm, not stone cold, where the inhabitants were really not mythical”….
… as Victoria Hislop wrote in her best-selling book “The Island”. 
Here, on an island where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece had been kept in isolation until 1957, a story about love and pain, separation and fear was born.

Inset pic, Victoria Hislop’s The Island, recommended reading, fiction novel based on story set on Spinalonga 👍🏽

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