SPINALONGA – AGIOS NIKOLAOS (optional BBQ)
along the North East coast through the gorge of St George we reach the
picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos. Here we board a boat and cruise along
the Mirabelo gulf. Passing the Kri-Kri Island, the Cave of the pirate
Barbarossa and the bird island, we reach the small sandy bay of Kolokitha,
where the boat will be anchored. Here you have plenty of time for swimming
at the crystal clear water, and a BBQ (optional) will be served on board.
We then proceed to the small island of Spinalonga.
has had a very chequered history and today, although uninhabited, still
echoes with ghostly reminders of the past. The Venetians constructed a
very impressive fortress with 40 cannons which has been guarding the bay
since the 15th century. At the beginning of 19th
century human pain and sorrow was scattered around this islet. It became a
leper colony, the last active leper colony in Europe, and it remained so
until 1957, when it was
cleared by the Health Authorities, leaving the place uninhabited.
We then return to Agios Nikolaos where you have time to look at the
shop windows and visit the bottomless lake, where the “Lotus Eaters”
the well-known film was shot.