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Spinalonga (Kalydon), Elounda

Categories: Islands, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • What an amazing day so much history and all expertly explained by our guide Gregg. Beware of uneven footpaths. 
  • I had been here before, many years ago. But still it is very impressive and also sad to hear tell the history of this island by a very driven and skilled Greek Guide (spoke good Dutch).
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  • We were staying in Elounda and we got told the Spinalonga trip costs €10 per person. We were happy with the price so got on the boat for 20 minutes across to Spinalonga. When we got to the island, the...  read more »
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