Spinalonga in Crete is a popular tourist destination located near Elounda on the eastern side of the island. This historic location, also known as the Leper Island, was once used as a quarantine for individuals suffering from leprosy from across Greece until 1957. Today, visitors can take a boat tour from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, or Plaka to explore Spinalonga's ruined buildings, which are being diligently maintained by the Archaeological Service. Originally, the name Spinalonga also referred to the large peninsula of Nissi or Kolokytha, connected to Elounda by a narrow isthmus. According to Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli, the Venetians cut a canal in 1526 to separate Kolokytha from Spinalonga and to create an impregnable island fortress. Whether or not this is true, the islet is only 170 meters away from Kolokytha, and the water is shallow, making it a fascinating location to visit.

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