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Lazaretta islet

Beach description

Lazaretta islet, situated across Nea Chora, functioned as a leprosarium for the Venetians in the 17th century, similar to most islets in Crete’s cities. Its moniker is derived from Lazarus, whom the Roman Catholic Church recognizes as the lepers’ patron saint.

Historically, it has been identified as a burial site, presumably for patients, and the site still exhibits the remnants of buildings that the Turks demolished in 1645 to install a sizeable cannon to assist their siege of Chania’s stronghold at the harbour entrance. In certain areas, fragments of bombs dropped during the German military operations in World War II can still be observed.

The islet is home to a Saint Nicholas shrine, constructed by a local man in 1954. This man suffered a sunstroke on the island but was able to swim to Nea Chora and survive. The island features a small sandy beach, favored for snorkeling and often visited by local diving schools and seafaring tour boats. In the 1950s, long-distance competitive swimmers frequently selected Lazaretta as their starting point for races, with the inner harbour of Chania serving as the finish line.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is Lazaretta islet?

Lazaretta islet is a small island located off the coast of the city of Thessaloniki in Greece.

How do I get to Lazaretta islet?

You can reach Lazaretta islet by taking a boat from the port of Thessaloniki. The boat ride takes approximately 20 minutes.

What activities can I do on Lazaretta islet?

Lazaretta islet is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. You can also explore the island’s rocky terrain and enjoy the scenic views.

Is there any accommodation on Lazaretta islet?

No, there is no accommodation on Lazaretta islet. It is a day trip destination only.

Are there any restaurants or cafes on Lazaretta islet?

No, there are no restaurants or cafes on Lazaretta islet. It is recommended to bring your own food and drinks.

Is Lazaretta islet suitable for families with children?

Yes, Lazaretta islet is suitable for families with children. The shallow waters and calm waves make it a safe place for kids to swim.

Is there any entrance fee to visit Lazaretta islet?

No, there is no entrance fee to visit Lazaretta islet. However, you will need to pay for the boat ride to get there.

What is the water colour of the Lazaretta islet?

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What type of sand is found on the Lazaretta islet?

The Lazaretta islet has sand and rocks in places.

How deep is the water at the Lazaretta islet?

The Lazaretta islet water depth is shallow.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Lazaretta islet?

The Lazaretta islet sea surface is usually calm.

Are there usually crowds at the Lazaretta islet?

No, there are no crowds at the Lazaretta islet.

What facilities are available at the Lazaretta islet?

There are no facilities available at the Lazaretta islet.

How can the Lazaretta islet be accessed?

The Lazaretta islet can be accessed by boat.

Is there any other information about the Lazaretta islet?

No, there is no other information available about the Lazaretta islet.

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