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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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  • You should definitely visit this island. The most important fact is that it used to be a Hansen's Disease (Leper) colony. I highly recommend it. 
  • Very interesting but check the boat times. We just missed one and had to wait half an hour for the next. Also check where the boat is going we almost ended up in Plaka rather than Elounda. 
  • It is a wonderful landscape that is offered to you. When you go to Elounda and you take the road that will take you on the north side of the Ridge, you will see the almost ' it of Spinalonga and its small island at the center of the Bay. This island was an island to care for the sick. So there is a former Hospital on it.
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