Image default

Greek Leper Colony Turned into Airbnb Accommodations for Adventurous Travelers

A series of caves on Crete used from the 18th century to the mid-20th century to quarantine people with leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) are now being refurbished to be offered as short-term Airbnb rentals for tourists.

Manolis Giannadakis bought five of these disused, and until now derelict, caves located in the village of Chrysopigi, a prefecture of Lasithi in eastern Crete, more than a decade ago.

Lured by the frenzy created by Airbnb-type accommodations in recent years, he decided to  renovate and decorate the caves, installing a range of modern amenities in them in order to attract tourists — albeit of the more adventuresome type.

Speaking to the local news website Nea Kriti, Giannadakis said he also plans to create an outdoor cafe and a jacuzzi just outside the caves.

He says that his ambitious project, which he hopes to complete before the next tourist season, will provide visitors with an altogether different experience as well as an opportunity to learn about the history of the village and the region.

Related: Greek Woman from Crete Rents Just a Bed on Airbnb and People Love it

The Greek Airbnb Without a Roof

Literally a bed under the stars… would you stay? Full story:

Posted by Greek Reporter on Saturday, August 3, 2019

Related posts

“The government implementing all measures announced at TIF,” FinMin Tsakalotos says


The Unimaginable Bravery of the Men Who Saved the Greek Jews of Zakynthos


Former Health Minister of Greece Dies from Coronavirus


Greece Calls for Volunteers to Assist the Country’s Healthcare System


538 Passengers Evacuated After Fire Breaks Out on Igoumenitsa-Venice Ferry


Athens International Airport Smashes Another Passenger Traffic Record for 2019