This is truly electrifying news…. Mayor Agios Nikoloas today announced the imminent start of work on the electrification of Spinalonga. To connect the island to the general electricity grid, an underwater cable is to be laid between Spinalonga and Plaka. Preliminary preparations and work are scheduled to start this week. The work schedule assumes that the cable installation is to be completed by the end of January 2024.
The electrification of the island is the first step towards adapting Spinalonga's infrastructure to modern standards. In the longer term, the local authorities want to connect the island to the water supply network and build a biological sewage treatment plant.
It's hard to believe that one of Crete's greatest attractions, visited by over 300,000 tourists annually, still does not have access to modern basic infrastructure. Until now, the electricity needed to operate the island had to be generated on site, which, however, did not meet the growing needs. The last people working on Spinalonga left the island around 6:30 p.m., so there was no supervision or security on the island. The lack of permanent access to the power grid also made it impossible to maintain lighting on the island all night long. After midnight, the island is in complete darkness, which thieves can take advantage of.
The imminent prospect of changes is encouraging, especially since local authorities have been seeking access to the media for many years.
If any of you would like to learn more about the history of Spinalonga, please read our article . You can also read more about the sadder history of the island in an amazing book: Spinalonga. Leper Island – Małgorzata Gołota.