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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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  • It was nice to walk there and listen terrible history of this place. Pictures from the top or from some view point are amazing. Don't forget to take water with you because there price is unbelievable  more »
  • It is highly recommended, for example, by boat from Elounda visiting old leprosy colony and island of Spinalonga. It gives an exact impression how it there is gone and actually it's not even so long ago that it as leper colony is closed. All through the first entrance upon arrival and feel the atmosphere how it must have been for those people who were shipped there and never attracted more of the island. It's full of the original buildings and cottages and a chapel and Church itself is not missing. It is also with families a very fun and very worthwhile being trip where you're sure to have to pull out a few hours before.
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  • The Island was used to house lepers in ancient times. The history of the Island is quite dark, but there are some gorgeous photographs to be taken and breath taking views of the Aegean Sea.  more »