Plaka. Hotel Blue Palace. View to the Island of Spinalonga

Spa complex Blue Palace is located between villages Plaka and Elounda. On the other side lays Island of Spinalonga.

Originally Spinalonga was not an island but a part of the island of Crete. It was carved out of the coast during Venetian occupation.

Spinalonga was subsequently used as a leper colony (it was one of the last active leper colonies in Europe). The last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962.