Spinaloga & Agios Nikolaos

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Well, this is the last article of Crete-pack, and I still can’t believe that. It’s like wow, time really flies very but very fast and unfortunately it doesn’t ask us for permission :( This article is about my favourite trip that I had made on Crete and unfortunately the last one. *just if I could go back for one day..agh summer where did you go??” But now, with no more words wasted for the introduction, let’s begin!


This trip was very relaxing and very interesting. The coach had taken us from our hotel in the morning; it was around 8:30 when we left our hotel. We made half an hour on the way to the harbour. From there we took a traditional board to the fortress-island Spinaloga, where we found out the history of its by taking a walk with our guide through it.

~ Just a little bit of its history~

The island of Spinalonga is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, in Lasithi, next to the town of Plaka. The island is further assigned to the area of Kalydon. It is near the Spinalonga peninsula ("large Spinalonga") – which often causes confusion as the same name is used for both. The official Greek name of the island today is Kalydon.

Originally, Spinalonga was an island – it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defence purposes and a fort was built there.

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 too.

~In our days~

Today, the uninhabited 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 Plaka, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos. Tourist boats depart from all three towns on a daily basis (every 30 minutes from Elounda). There is no accommodation on Spinalonga, meaning all tours last only a few hours. Boat trips from Elounda take approximately 20 minutes while trips departing Agios Nikolaos can take almost an hour. Round trip fare from Plaka is 10 Euro, from Elounda 12 Euro. Entrance to the island costs 8 Euro/adult and for children and teenagers is free.

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After we had finished with the tour of the fortress , we had boarded and sailed to Vathi bay. Here we had a little break to swim and to enjoy the crystalline water. It was amazing. The water, the weather, the joy you felt once you jumped of the board ...everything. It was perfect for me .

Next stop of our trip was Elounda. We’ve relaxed on a beach & had lunch on the border of the sea. Agios Nikolaos is well known as the ‘Cretan Saint Tropez’, and fortunately we had the chance to visit it & take a lot of photos there. Also, we took photos of the legendary statue of Europe which was staying on the back of a bull that represented Zeus. Also as the legend says, if you touch the foot of Europa’s statue you’ll have good luck from now on. So If you are a greek-cretan mythology lover, you really should check this out.

In the end we had gone to the biggest oil factory on the island where are made besides  olive oils, natural products like olive pasta ( lots of them, made by different types of olives and also different ways of cooking), soaps, jams and sweets. They had given us a little bit of everything they had on sale and I really have to say that everything was very but very good. Also, we were shown how is the olive oil made, where they keep it, and how is the process of making it, how long does it lasts and when they make it. You’ll be surprised but the average time to harvest olives and making olive oils on Crete is from mid-October to January. Crazy right? During summer, healthy olives grow in size in the olive trees , and when is autumn season, they start to change their colour gradually turning from green to black.

The prices were good enough everywhere, of course like I had already said in the last articles, the prices vary from one souvenir shop to another but this time nothing was outrageous, the food was magnificent as always on Crete and the weather was very but very delightful.

I really hope you enjoyed my articles, the “Cretan pack” especially. I had worked a lot for it, even in my vacation. I would have rather left my phone at the hotel and my camera too than caring it everywhere and filming and making photos. But I love what I do, I love showing you how beautiful are the places I’m visiting, so my heart didn’t let me to do such a thing. After all, that’s blogger’s life , you know? ❤ This vacation was one of the best for me, it helped me get through some things , or better said , it helped me get over some things. It relaxed every nerve in my body ,healed my soul and recharged my batteries:) Along my vacation in Crete , I met so many beautiful people, and when I’m saying beautiful people I mean that they have a very beautiful soul and character. So many smiles, a lot of good laughs, and so many funny and delightful times that were so needed to clear my head of all my worries and problems . I’m so thrilled that I’ve made so many funny and unforgettable memories, and also that’s a reason why I’m smiling every time I remember my time there. Crete, you have my heart!

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