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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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  • We made this trip by boat from Plaka. It is a very short boat ride from a lovely little village. Choose the earliest trip as the island gets manically busy! 
    We made this trip by boat from Plaka. It is a very short boat ride from a lovely little village. Choose the earliest trip as the island gets manically busy!  more »
  • Taking the boat from Elounda takes just 20 minutes Once there there was a bit of a traffic jam as clearly boats were arriving from all across the coast line Nevertheless a very interesting visit with....  more
    Taking the boat from Elounda takes just 20 minutes Once there there was a bit of a traffic jam as clearly boats were arriving from all across the coast line Nevertheless a very interesting visit with....  more »
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  • What a stunning place! Steeped in history. Excellent information there so you know what you are seeing. Cute boat ride out there too and very good value entrance price of just €8 and half price for kids over 5. Boat ride is €10 per person. Amazing place with such an interesting history. Beautiful views A must see if you are close by for sure would highly recommend to come and visit to think what people did and thought many years ago!
  • We visited in spring so the place was full of wild flowers and pretty empty. Great experience wondering through the deserted ruins and a lovely boat ride to get there.

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