The island of Spinalonga (Kalidon) has captured the imagination of so many over it s long history. From the depths of the past to the present day people, artists, musicians and authors have imagined and wrote about this island. One of the most visited tourist attraction on Crete, thousands of visitors every year walk along the narrow streets through the village on Spinalonga. Actually the name Spinalonga is Venetian, meaning "Long Thorn" the official name is Kalidon, but so well known as its former name Spinalonga not even the sign posts and the boats that take you the the island will call it anything but by its Venetian name. The Venetians called it Spinalonga after a small island near Venice called the same. This Venetian island has now been renamed Giudecca.
"The Island" Television Series
The best selling novel "The Island" by Victoria Hislop has been brought to life in the small villages of Elounda and Plaka. Plaka village front was transformed into times passed. Victoria Hislop has been looking around the sets seeing her novel come to life in the little village.
Many local Greeks, Germans, French people have been used as extras in the Mega TV production of the series.
Restaurant Opening Hours:
OPEN: Early April to late October - 11.00 to 15.00 hrs (with kitchen closing at 14.30) and 18.00 to 23.45 hrs (with kitchen closing at 22.45) CLOSED: Closed Tuesday lunch times.