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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. To visit Spinalonga (Kalydon) on your holiday in Elounda, and find out what else Elounda has to offer, use our Elounda.
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  • Took the boat over from Elounda, about a 25 minute crossing. If you go from Plaka it takes about 10 minutes. Absolutely beautiful island, so much history attached & not just the fact it was a leper.....  more
    Took the boat over from Elounda, about a 25 minute crossing. If you go from Plaka it takes about 10 minutes. Absolutely beautiful island, so much history attached & not just the fact it was a leper.....  more »
  • Visited on a boat trip from Plaka, €8 admission, was very busy with school trips. Although I was fascinated by the Island, in particular it’s years as a lepar colony, I must admit to being a bit... 
    Visited on a boat trip from Plaka, €8 admission, was very busy with school trips. Although I was fascinated by the Island, in particular it’s years as a lepar colony, I must admit to being a bit...  more »

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