Watch the fly over video of the island of Spinalonga by Nikita Ivanov. The island is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete.
Originally, Spinalonga was not an island, it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defense purposes and a fort was built there.
During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island.The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.