This last autumn Greece had a popular TV series based upon the Victoria Hislop novel The Island.  Afterwards it was announced the islet of Spinalonga would re-open as a tourist attraction.  The novel featured this former leper colony, supposedly the last one in Europe.  It is located off the southeast corner of Crete.

Previously the island had closed from lack of interest but now the local municipality will be offering free boat trips on weekends through the winter and hopefully daily during the summer.

Panoramic view of Spinalonga

This photo is from the Spinalonga Island Travel Guide which provides a lot of information about the history and current tours to the island.

By the way, Karin read and enjoyed the book.

There is also a locally written and produced book:  Spinalonga, The Isle of the Damned by Victor Zorbas.  It can be found at Abe Books


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