After yet another lazy beach day we were ready to do some more exploring. We decided to check out the infamous island of Spinalonga which is just off the village of Plaka.
We decided to make a full day of it, catching the early morning ferry from Plaka to the island before coming back and spending the afternoon in the picturesque Plaka.
Spinalonga has a very interesting and varied history, not only was it once a Venetian Fortress but it was also a leper colony for all of Greeces’ leprosy sufferers up until 1957. It was a very surreal and humbling experience as the island was so close to the small village of Plaka yet felt so cut off from the rest of civilisation. Surprisingly, the lepers who lived on the island made the island as homely as possible and ended up creating a strong community for themselves which was rather beautiful.
We worked up a pretty big appetite so after a few hours at the beach we had lunch at a Pirate themed bar called Captain Longa’s. It was a brilliant place with good music and the bar was even shaped like a pirate ship!