Let’s Sail Away
A soft breeze caressing your hair and the warm sunbeams kissing your face, while sailing away to discover Spinalonga isle and the hidden coves of Crete. To be honest, life doesn’t get much better than this.
September in Greece is called “the small summer”, as it is the best time of the year to visit the islands, due to temperatures and the absence of strong winds. And that makes September the perfect time for sailing around Crete’s magical waters, an experience you will treasure for a lifetime to come. One of the most significant spots to visit by boat around Elounda Gulf Villas is the small and uninhabited isle of Spinalonga. This small island was originally not an island at all, but a piece of land attached to Crete. However, during the Venetian occupation, it was literally carved out of the land and turned into a fortress.
Spinalonga, apart from extremely beautiful with its hidden pebbled beaches and its crystal-clear turquoise waters, is a famous place, which has been featured in numerous movies and television shows. Spinalonga used to be the place where lepers from all around Greece were shipped to, in order to not infect the healthy population. This leper colony existed from 1903 to 1957, when all inhabitants were finally cured and sent back home. The island during all those years became a home for the sick outcasts, that they gradually began to care for, as many strong love and friendship stories were born behind the tall walls of the fortress.
Nowadays, Spinalonga is a popular tourist attraction, where we can arrange your personal visit to. Starting from the area of Plaka, we will board a small wooden traditional fishing boat and enjoy a short boat trip to the island. After your guided tour, exploring the ancient and medieval ruins that used to be the homes of the people that lived their whole lives there, we will board the boat again and visit a serene, quiet bay, where we will be able to swim in the amazing crystal clear waters and fish from the boat, while enjoying cool refreshments and delicious snacks.
And if just one adventure is not enough, you can ask our team to arrange a visit to the other uninhabited isle of Mirabello Gulf, Kolokytha, and explore all the hidden and secluded coves and beaches that lie around. A personal itinerary, tailored to your wants and needs, can be created at any time, just by contacting our experienced concierge team. So, up with the sails lads, heave-ho!