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 online attractions planner .
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  • We went for a walk and a swim in this bay. What a change of scenery. Small beaches to discover to enjoy the calm.
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  • Very beautiful, historic place. You can learn how the Greeks behaved towards the inhabitants (exiles) of the island and what has happened for so many years. Unfortunately, the tours are short from 45-90 minutes depending on the travel agency
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  • A bit word, the atmosphere at this place, I guess because of its history, but it's worth a visit. The views are great here. During the day the sun was scorching, it was incredibly hot here. Better to visit earlier in the morning.
  • Leaving from Plaka in a small boat costing 10€ each we then paid another 8€ to actually get inside this old fort/leper colony. Apart from the views and the old artifacts there is nothing much to see for the 8€. Quite a lot of the old buildings are roped off for "construction" and it certainly isn't wheelchair/pram friendly.The gift shop cafe is also expensive 7€ for a bottle of beer.
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