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Fortress Spinalonga, Elounda

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Fortress Spinalonga 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 Fortress Spinalonga on your holiday in Elounda, and find out what else Elounda has to offer, use our Elounda.
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  • It is a long drive to reach the boat from elounda to go to the island. There is a parking by the boat and it is only cash to get a ticket for the boat. You get the ticket for the island itself when... 
    It is a long drive to reach the boat from elounda to go to the island. There is a parking by the boat and it is only cash to get a ticket for the boat. You get the ticket for the island itself when...  more »
  • Interesting history: Venetian fort, Muslim stronghold, lepre colony. You can walk around the island and climb to the top and back in about an hour. We took the boat (€10 round trip) from Plaka, a.....  more
    Interesting history: Venetian fort, Muslim stronghold, lepre colony. You can walk around the island and climb to the top and back in about an hour. We took the boat (€10 round trip) from Plaka, a.....  more »
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  • Enjoyable couple of hours exploring the fortress and Leper colony ruins. The many intact buildings give you a feel for what life was like! Definitely worth a visit :-)
  • Very interesting.

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