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25 November 2017

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Spinalonga – Elounda – Ag. Nikolaos with BBQ

Driving along the North East coast through the gorge of St George we reach the small fishing village of Elounda, the location of the BBC television series “Who pays the Ferryman” in the late 70’s.

Here we board a boat and cruising along the bay of Elounda we reach the small island of Spinalonga. Spinalonga has had a very chequered history and today, although uninhabited, still echoes with ghostly reminders of the past. It was held by the Venetians who constructed a very impressive fortress with 40 cannons which was guarding the bay from the 15th century. The beginning of 19th century human pain and sorrow was scattered around this islet. It became a leper colony and it remained so until 1957. It has since been cleared by the Health Authorities and today is uninhabited.

After our guided tour of the island, we proceed to the small sandy pirate 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 will be served on board.

We then return to Elounda, where we take our bus for our last stop, the picturesque town of Aghios Nikolaos. Here you have time to look at the shop windows and visit the bottomless lake, where the “Lotus Eaters” the known film was shoot.


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