Spinalonga, the Island of the Lepers Becomes Top Tourist Attraction

(Photo by Eurokinissi/Alexandros Zontanos, file)

The small island of Spinalonga is becoming one of the most popular archaeological sites of Crete attracting many Greek and foreign visitors.

For over 50 years, the island of Spinalonga was the island of the lepers, a land of isolation and despair until 1957 when the lepers colony was shut down.

Today is it the second most popular archaelogical site, after Knossos, in Crete.

“Approximately 4,000 people visit the island every day in the months of July and August, said the vice mayor of the muncipality of Aghios Nikolaos.

The access to Spinalonga is available with tourist boats from Aghios Nikolaos, Elounta and the opposite to Spinalonga village of Plaka.