The Greek islet of Spinalonga will receive €2.5 million for its electricity and water supply systems.
Agios Nikolaos Mayor Antonis Zervos said the grant of the Filodimos II program through the Ministry of Interior was a result of efforts by ‘Greece 2021’ Committee Chair Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki.
She “accepted the proposals during her visit to Elounda and advanced the Agios Nikolaos city’s request with the Interior Ministry,” Zervos said.
Spinalonga is an arid and barren rocky islet with an area of 8.5 hectares lying at the mouth of the natural port of Elounda in the Lasithi prefecture of Crete.
It was a lookout island for the Venetians, who built a fortress on it in the 16th century and was later occupied by the Ottoman Turks, who turned it into a trading hub in the 19th century.
The arid islet became a leper colony and community in 1903, until it was shut down in 1957.