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Spinalonga (Kalydon), Elounda

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Island Historic Site
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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  • Lovely trip to see what was once a leper colony. Great short boat trip. Great to walk around. You can get a reduced entrance fee if a senior.  more »
  • Impressive site. Take driving licence or ID if pensioner for cheaper entry, no reduction on boats. Snack bar prices are very very high, take water, other drinks or food with you. For us 2hrs was ideal...  more »
  • This is a must see , the history is amazing and well worth a visit . went over on the ferry and it was a bit mad getting your ticket , but once there amazing our guide was brilliant and she made it ve...  more »