At Spinalonga, the last leper colony in Europe, we will have a guided tour around this famous island, which is just a distance of 850m. Originally, Venetians fortified the islet in 1579, by building a fortress with 40 cannons and they are actually the best preserved walls in Europe.
It used to be a leper colony from 1903 until 1957, where lepers could have a better life, medical help and economical support. The ruins of the market street with the shops, the hospital and many small houses in which lepers lived isolated, can still be seen.
On our way back on the boat, we are having a stop on the beach “Kolokytha”, where you can enjoy swimming and a BBQ lunch.
Before we take the road back to Heraklion, we will visit Ag.Nikolaos, a town with 14.000 inhabitants which is built on the side of the Gulf of Mirabello. In the centre of Agios Nikolaos is the lake Voulismeni, probably created by an earthquake. There, we can have a coffee break or a walk around the lake, which gives you a great view from above, over the center and the harbor of Agios Nikolaos. Next to the lovely harbor are shady tree-lined streets filled with shops gives you the opportunity to do some “serious shopping”.
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The cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos.Thats where the boat sails from to Spinalonga Island. Enough time (2 hrs) to enjoy a morning walk and coffee around the beautiful port and lake of the town Agios Nikolaos. On Wednesday there is also the bazaar of Agios Nikolaos as an additional attraction in the town. At 12 o’clock we will embark on to the boat that sails to the Island of Spinalonga. Lunch is served in the restaurant on board so guests can enjoy their meal and the unique views of the Mirabello Bay, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and the sunken city of Olous during the cruise.
After about 50′ cruise, the boat will stop at the beautiful bay of Kolokytha where clients will have the chance to swim and take photos for about 35′. Life jackets are provided by the staff on board.
After 15′ boat trip we arrive on Spinalonga, the island of tears. There will be a guided tour with professional guides for about 45 min and free time for photos.
Return to the port of Agios Nikolaos, embarkation on the busses and return to the resorts.