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Spinalonga (Kalydon)

Address: Elounda Bay, Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Elounda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I first visited Spinalonga in 2008 after reading the Victoria Hislop book' The Island', and like many others I had been drawn to Spinalonga by the characters in the book. In 2008 I went by boat and was guided round, eager to look around the island and relate it to the book ---- which I did.It was a wonderful experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Having read two books about Spinalonga, a visit there really makes you understand what the people went through. We went without a guide and just to wander round and recognise the places written of, was facinating. Go in the early morning or late afternoon as there is little shade.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

When in Elounda, this is a must-see. Do not be put off by its history as a leper colony. This is a beautiful little island with car access or you can take the local boats with other tourists. The remains of the leper colony are impressive and the view to the sea from the surrounding walls is wonderful. Watch out... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We went to Spinalonga on a guided tour with Thomson. Our guide was a lady called Vetta and to be fair she was very good. It really is kind of amazing the history of this island and we found it very interesting and not just about leprosy, you could go here without a guide but i would feel you wouldn't... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We did not visit the island, however the Elounda bay where the island emerges, deserves a visit. I suggest to arrive from West, since the hills overlooking the bay offer the best view.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This island and former leper colony has a fascinating history with ancient artefacts in the rooms all over the vicinity, and the architecture of the fortress is in a nice condition and beautiful- especially with the sunshine and crystal blue water glistening around it. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about it all, and time on the island is well spent with tours... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Spinalonga, a must see when you are at (east) Crete. I worked on 3 boats who going to Spinalonga, so my view on it is a bit different maybe because it was on an every day base in summer. But, i still like to go and others should too because it is interesting!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

what an amazing place. the trip by boat was beautiful and the approach to the island was stunning. plenty to see and hear about and an awesome atmosphere. well worth a visit. fabulous day trip

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Spinalonga is notable for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe Would suggest taking a guide book for the island. Great to walk about and explore. Just be wary of the sun - it is always hot there. Take lots of water (not on sale on the island i believe) Not always necessary to take the long... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We have visited the island 3 times with various members of the family, most of which have read the Victoria Hislop book (myself included). Always a very moving experience given its history, the guardians of this island have tried putting mirrors in the entrance tunnel, bizarre exhibitions in the hospital and statues on the fort. All felt deeply inappropriate. Happily... More 

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