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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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  • We were unable to find a tour from Heraklion (we looked at booking a tour a little late...), and so we decided to do this on our own. In short: - We caught a bus from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos... 
    We were unable to find a tour from Heraklion (we looked at booking a tour a little late...), and so we decided to do this on our own. In short: - We caught a bus from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos...  more »
  • It is a beautiful setting, the boat trip across the bay is wonderfully scenic. It is very interesting attraction and to understand it’s history is sad, but just feel they could do more with it. Add... 
    It is a beautiful setting, the boat trip across the bay is wonderfully scenic. It is very interesting attraction and to understand it’s history is sad, but just feel they could do more with it. Add...  more »

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