For anyone who hasn't read the book, Spinalonga was Greece's main leper colony from 1903 until 1957 and also has a very rich history, having been occupied by the Venetians who built a fortress on the island and then later by the Turks.
Victoria Hislop's book starts in the year 1953 and tells the moving story of a family touched by leprosy and follows it through to the eradication of the disease and beyond.
These buildings were built by the Ottomans when they occupied the island.
I found Spinalonga fascinating and even though there were many people visiting there it was very peaceful,
The island has a real beauty of its own and I started to question why we were all visiting; was it purely as a beautiful island, the bizarre fascination of it being a former leper colony or because of the publication of Victoria Hislop's book? Possibly a mixture of all three? Wherever you go on the island it is a sobering thought that for some people it was both a prison and freedom and when people first went there they thought they would never leave.
The north of the island is more rugged and the wind picks up the dust as you walk around the headland, apparently in the winter this wind is really cold and for the colony it would have been very uncomfortable as there was no electricity when they first went to Spinalonga.