Trips to Spinalonga and Gaidouronisi
Spinalonga, the island made famous by British writer Victoria Hislop, is one of Crete’s most famous sites. Its long history has seen both glorious and darker moments. It was a major sea-facing defensive fort (1579-1715) and then the largest Muslim commercial centre in the Merabello region (1881). However, it is better known as the 'island of tears', because for many years it was used as a leper colony (1903 - 1957). In 1970 it was declared a protected archaeological site and is now ideal for day trips. It can be accessed by small boats from Elounda or Plaka.
Another island remarkable for its beauty and virgin environment is the exotic Gaidouronisi, also known as Chryssi. Located in southern Crete, this rare biotope is now in the Natura 2000 network. Enjoy the unique 200-year old cedar forest, the heavenly white sands and countless shells, and a swim in the clear blue waters of the Libyan sea. It can be accessed by small boats from Ierapetra.
- Chryssi, Spinaloga