Driving along the North East coast through the gorge of St George we reach the picturesque town of Elounda.Here we board a boat and Spinalonga Cruise starts. 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 proceed to the small island of Spinalonga.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.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.