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Spinalonga (Kalydon), Elounda
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Spinalonga (Kalydon) 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 Spinalonga (Kalydon) a centerpiece of your Elounda vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Elounda travel itinerary maker.
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  • This island is full of history... former ghetto for lepers. Must visit. Arrival by boat, view from the island.
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  • Quiet, friendly place worth visiting. Magic landscape. Journey into the past with an extremely sygkinitiki history
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  • The Bay of Elounda will see in front of you a little islet on which there is a small castle built by the Venetians. For many years was a place of exile for those who had the disease of leprosy. Before a few years ago was shot on the island in the tv series the ISLAND based on the omonimo book Island that is based on true events and real people. A visit will bring you in other seasons a living history.
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