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A former leper colony, this island has preserved only the ruins of a once-powerful fortress and abandoned houses of leprosy patients.
Spinalonga Island was once part of the mainland, but soon the Venetians decided to separate the peninsula to create a separate and very fortified place to protect against attacks.
The island was surrounded by a fortress, making it inaccessible for many years. Having survived numerous sieges, the island at the beginning of the last century became a refuge for lepers all over Greece, which finally decided its fate. All healthy people left the island, leaving patients starve and suffer from their terminal illness. After some time, one of the patients decided to take fate into hi own hands and thoroughly took the upgrading of his new home. In this he succeeded, and when, finally, the drug was found, patients were cured and left the island. For a long time it came into neglect until it became attractive for tourists.
Now many travelers who visited Crete come here. On the island you can learn about the life of leprosy patients, stroll through the castle, enjoy views of the blue lagoon.
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Sandy and pebble beach is located on the southern coast of the island and has become legendary thanks to the hippies who lived in these caves.9
The picturesque small village, that has preserved its authenticity despite the great popularity among tourists, and offers a relaxing stay on their sandy beaches.1
Fortress of Spinalonga
Built to defend the island, the castle turned it into an impregnable area, but now there is just a ruin, from which you can see the bay and Crete.28
Beautiful freshwater lake surrounded by a mountain landscape, creating a special atmosphere of seclusion and isolation from the rest of the world.42
One and the best places in Crete for snorkeling and diving with fishes. Underwater canyons make diving especially interesting.12
Saint Nikolas church
The snow-white church on a low cliff is seen from afar, it is a path from rough stones, and from it opens the magic views of the surroundings.20
The Gorge of Aradena
Near the abandoned village is the gorge, which stretches to the coast of the Libyan Sea, and many desperate travelers can walk through it.37
Beautiful and unguarded cave, where only rare travelers come and where stalactites and stalagmites form fanciful shapes.12
If you want to reach this picturesque gorge, you need to overcome a long way through another famous and marvelous Cretan gorge.14
Treasure of Richtis Gorge, this waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful in Greece, but to reach it, you need to overcome a long way through the gorge.19
Glyka Nera Beach
Hidden away from the prying eyes of rocks and cliffs, Glyka Nera beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the world due to its well-groomed and close freshwater supply.10
A small fishing village in recent years is gaining more and more popularity due to its clean beaches and the opportunity to observe the life of the Greek fishermen.3