When you've seen all that the chocolate-box town of Aghios Nikolaos has for its visitors, it's time to venture further afield and check out what other adventures Crete holidays provide. There's no doubt that a boat trip to the island of Spinalonga should be right up near the top of your ”to do' list. The keen readers among you may recognise the island's name from the Victoria Hislop novel, ”The Island', a tale of mystery and suspense. In real life, you'll find Spinalonga just as captivating with its rich and deeply interesting history, including a fortress built by the Turkish. If you're wanting to get some memorable holiday snaps, Spinalonga is the perfect place to do just that. There are daily excursions by boat to the island, making a trip here easy and stress-free. Whilst on the island, take in the beautiful scenery and make sure you visit the deserted village which was last used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957.