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Lazaretta islet

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The islet Lazaretta is located opposite Nea Chora and in the 17th century was used by the Venetians as the leprosarium island of Chania, like most islets in the cities of Crete. Its name is taken after Lazarus, the patron saint of lepers by the Roman Catholic Church.

Graves have been identified, apparently of patients, while we still discern the foundations of buildings demolished by the Turks in 1645 to place a large cannon to aid in their attack of Chania’s stronghold at the mouth of the harbour. In some places, you will see metal fragments from bombs that fell during the military exercises of the Germans during the Second World War.

The island hosts a shrine of Saint Nicholas built by a local in 1954. This man suffered sunstroke on the island but managed to swim to Nea Chora and save his life. On the island, there is a small sandy beach ideal for snorkelling currently visited by the local diving schools and sea excursion boats. In the 1950s long distance, competitive swimmers used Lazaretta as a start point when racing – Chania inner harbour was the finish line.



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 beach?

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What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has sand and rocks in places.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The beach water depth is shallow.

What is the surface of the sea like at the beach?

The beach sea surface is usually calm.

Are there usually crowds at the beach?

No, there are no crowds at the beach.

What facilities are available at the beach?

There are no facilities available at the beach.

How can the beach be accessed?

The beach can be accessed by boat.

Is there any other information about the beach?

No, there is no other information available about the beach.

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  • Rocks in places

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