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Fortress Spinalonga, Elounda

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Island Historic Site
Fortress Spinalonga sits as a rocky islet floating in the blue waters of the Gulf of Elounda. The region's 16th century Venetian rulers carved this rock out of Crete's coastline and then built a fortress on it to protect the gulf from hostile ships. The old fortress, apparently as impregnable to the passage of time as it once was to would-be invaders, still dominates the islet and attracts nearly 30,000 annual visitors. Split your time on the little island between the Venetian fort and one of several beaches, which are lapped by shallow, calm waters. There are no tourist facilities here, so bring your own food and water. Make Fortress Spinalonga a centerpiece of your Elounda vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Elounda travel itinerary maker.
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  • Booked with an Stefanos Tours in Sissi. Mini bus to Agios Nicolias, 40 mins Breakfast at Twins on the Harbourside, separate to tour. Boat trip to Spinalonga. Our trip included lunch on boat, served as...  more »
  • If you are lovers of antiquities to go if not not worth €15 (€8 boat and €8 sign in Spinalonga)
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  • I went with my parents and brothers and spent a few hours. It's a very large site with beautiful views. I highly doubt you'd be able to get the same boat back that you came in, due to the size of the ...  more »
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  • This is worth a visit. Steeped in history. A guided tour with a passionate guide makes it well worth the visit. You could be overcome with emotion when you learn about how the most recent residents lived here.
  • Take a boat trip from agios Nicholaos trip was 12.30 to 5.oopm €16 each plus you then pay the €8 entry. Not much time on the irland but good guided tour well worth doing as a day out 👍
  • A must see. The stories behind this island's history are phenomenal. Take water with you.
  • You can't go to crete. Without a visit to spinalonga island the fortress is unbelievable steeped in history it's a must do go with a guide and hear about the island during the ww2 been 5 years always gets a visit.
  • Excellent selection of traditional Cretan cuisine, as well as some speciality dishes and food from across the wider Mediterranean. The food was plentiful and delicious! The hosts surprised us with a free dessert before we got our bill, which was lovely. Great view of the "bottomless lake" in the heart of Agios Nikolaos .

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Where to stay in Elounda

Beachfront hotels in Elounda provide well-appointed rooms and suites with sweeping views of Crete's coastline. Lavish comfort and proximity to the sea come at a steep price, so if you have a tight budget, consider staying farther away from the upscale seafront. A short drive out of town gives you access to affordable lodgings in good-value inns and self-catering apartments. Alternatively, avoid Elounda's big crowds and high prices by booking your stay in nearby Agios Nikolaos, a lively town packed with inexpensive hostels and family-run guesthouses.
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