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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  • This is a place to think about should be designed specifically for our young people. Today, where we can electronically clear everything from your sofa, this place only all too clearly shows how small we are. Respect, decency and especially Demut...das are things that are too often lost.
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  • For a very small island there is a lot to see. Would recommend following the tour guides to find out the history on first visit. Needs multiple visits too see everything.  more »
  • This Venetian fortress island which in 1903 was the accumulation place for lepers until 1957. Gripping story about this compilation place that is also described in the novel to Victoria Hislop "island". Too bad that one not allowed to hope in the land on the island.
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  • Despite the warm weather (being ironical +40C) and a loads of costs to get there this is one of the most beautiful Cretan points (1 week of travelling around) Brilliant views. All together not too expensive (40€ petrol travelling from the other end of Crete. 40€ return tickets to the island and 20€ for entrance. And a meal 60€. 10€ for water. All for family of 4) If you are coming to Crete you should definitely visit this place. Check the photos. But seeing is priceless.
  • I would consider it as my first dark tourism experience. Certainly it is well-known history of such a secluded place with people sent to there from all over Europe to get over Lepra and left to themselves at the end. The book has the Island Sophia has nothing in common with the saddest reality, although people would work there and get married...Ruins and wild mountains now
  • Great boat trip out to the island. Cost was 12€ each. For the trip it was ok. But then you have to pay another 8€ each to walk round the island. We didn't do it. Sat in the cafe and watched the boats coming in and out. Beautiful place just a bit pricey.
  • Great place, the reason i give four stars instead of five is because after the tour guide you dont have enough time to explore the whole island. I would still recommend a tour guide just because there are no signs and the information about the island is very interesting.
  • The history of this tiny island is amazing. You find yourself imagining that you were forced to live on this island and how people with leprosy lived. The majority of the historic past of this island is that it was a fort, but the 60 or so years of being a leper colony gets all the attention. Word is to go early in the day and beat the heat and the crowds. I think we walked the path backwards. Got off the boat and went counterclockwise around the island. You save the best for last if you go that direction.
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