Spinalonga, Elounda M/Y THENI by Stefanos Tours

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Stefanos Tours, a professional travel agency based in Sisi on the island of Crete, is part of a well-established local family business.
We are pleased to offer a wide range of services, including a large portfolio of excursions, boat cruises and quality accommodation, all of a high standard but at affordable prices.
We want to help you create unforgettable memories of our beautiful island, with boat trips our specialty.
Our goal is to meet your needs – your satisfaction and safety are our priority.
So discover Crete with us, & see for yourself the land of legend and age-old traditions. Experience the amazing warmth & spirit of the Cretan people, and make this your best holiday ever!
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The island of Spinalonga (Greek: Σπιναλόγκα), officially known as Kalydon (Καλυδών), is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, inLasithi prefecture, next to the town of Elounda. The official Greek name of the island today is Kalydon. Originally, Spinalonga was not an island, it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defense purposes and a fort was built there. A popular name for the island since Venetian rule is Spinalonga. During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island. The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.

Spinalonga today

Today, the unoccupied island is a popular tourist attraction in Crete. In addition to the abandoned leper colony and the fortress, Spinalonga is known for its small pebble beaches and shallow waters. The island can easily be accessed from Agios Nikolaos. Tourist boats depart on a daily basis. There is no accommodation on Spinalonga, meaning all tours last only a few hours.

The book The Island by Victoria Hislop is set in Spinalonga and shares the fictional story of a family’s ties to the leper colony.

The short story “Spinalonga” by John Ware, about a tourist group that visits the island, featured in the 13th Pan Book of Horror.

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