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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  • The island was smaller and closer than I had expected from reading the novel (years ago). We went as part of a TUI tour. Enjoyed the boat ride and the island but too much info and a slow pace waiting ...  more »
  • Visited Spinalonga 23 years ago and obviously it hasn’t changed. If you know anything about the khistory of the place even if you only read The Islad by Victoria Hyslop it’s got a really creepy feelin...  more »
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  • Great beautiful fortress. Takes 1-1.5 hours to see it all. 8 euro regular adult entrance fee/4 euro reduced (student/child) Lots of details and artifacts, great history is also described here. Overall it's a great trip to make.
  • Interesting story to find out on the spot. 2/3h visit combined with a boat trip and a short swimming session will be a good option for half a day
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