The island of Spinalonga is located in the Gulf of Elounda opposite the village of Plaka. Spinalonga is a magnificent island with fortresses dating from the Venetian period. It is an island of legends and a triumph to survival in the early 20th century from the scourge of leprosy. It is a place of great archaeological and historical significance, a source of inspiration for authors, film directors, artists and musicians. Spinalonga is in the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sites.