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.