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Aerial photo of Spinalonga Island in Crete, Greece.

Spinalonga Island, Greece: Europe’s Last-Known Leper Colony

Off the island of Crete in Greece, the crumbling remains of Spinalonga Island hold the secrets of a castaway colony from long ago. Spinalonga was initially constructed as a fortress to protect the Port of Olous in the early 1700s. With its steep walls and impenetrable defenses, it remained under Venetian control long after the Ottomans conquered the rest of Crete.

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Fishermen houses with bright colored doors that are carved into the rocks at Klima Village in Milos, Greece.

Milos, Greece: The Mysterious Jewel of the Aegean Sea

The Cyclades are some of the most well-known islands in the world. Dotting the Aegean Sea in Greece with their small whitewashed houses, rugged cliffs, golden beaches, and breathtaking landscapes, they are a highly-favored destination for travelers from across the globe. At the southwestern-most point of the Cyclades, between Athens and Crete, lies the island of Milos – a hidden gem with a story to tell.

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Seychelles beach, Ikaria island, Greece.

Ikaria Island, Greece: Free Fall into Ikarus Myth

Between the Greek islands of Samos and Mykonos in the Aegean Sea, the ocean has sculpted a fantastic 98 square mile rock in which time keeps on rolling at its own pace. Ιkaria, known as the birthplace of the ancient Greek god of wine, religious ecstasy, and theater Dionysus, has gained worldwide attention for its local people’s extraordinary longevity, attributed to their hedonistic attitude to life.