Spinalonga, Elounda Excursion Overview
Spinalonga, Elounda Excursion, Agios Nikolaos is a trip not only to other places, but also a trip back in time, since it carries the sensation and the feel of another era.
The route along the northern coast of the island takes us to the small fishing village of Elounda
What is Elounda known for?
- Elounda is known to the older of us from the popular 1970s BBC television series “Who pays the ferryman”.
- The village became also well-known through Belinda Jones’ novel “Out of the Blue” and lately, through Victoria Hislop’s world best-seller “The Island”.
- Today Elounda is a popular holiday resort, often visited by VIPs for the luxurious beach resorts that are situated in the area.
Spinalonga, the island of Lepers
From Plaka, we take the boat that gets us to the small and sorely tried island of Spinalonga.
The history and the culture of the island of Spinalonga became one with human tragedy in the course of time.
This small Spinalonga isle carries within the history of:
- Ancient Greece as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olous
- The Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates
- The Venetians as their fortress
- Turks as their settlement
- Contemporary Greeks as their dwelling, or better, as the place where their leper would be sent into exile until 1957.
We stroll through the village roads. We are listening – along with our guide’s narration- to the cries and sighs of the diseased exiles. They seem like having been curved on the rocks and the walls of the houses and admiring the exquisite beauty of the area.
Our firt stop in the morning will be in Agios Nikolaos. There we can drink morning coffee, to have a shopping or to walk around making beautiful pictures.
Then, we are going to a small village of Plaka, where we will take a boat to Spinalonga. Sailing to the Island we will see beautiful crystal sea waters of Elounda gulf , mountains around. We will stay approximately 1 hr on the island, walking inside the fortress and making pictures. When we will return to Plaka, we can take a lunch in some local fish taverns or to swim. There is a nice pebble beach. Afterwords we leave to Elounda for afternoon coffee, walk, or swimming.
After one hour of stay in Eounda we will take way back to hotels.
• Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
• Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses.
• Free pick up service from any place between Malia – Agia Pelagia.
• Entrance to Spinalonga (8.00€) optional.
• Boat ticket (6.00€).
• Tips and Individual expenses.