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Spinalonga (Kalydon)

Elounda Bay, Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece
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Ranked #3 of 12 attractions in Elounda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Islands, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: One place to go is Spinalonga Island (re-named Kalidon/Kalydon in 1954). It is an ancient fortress first built to protect ancient Olous, once one of... more »
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Rye, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

this island has an amazing history and aura about it really worth the trip beautiful scenery around the island

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The most amazing place with a very sad history! The history of this Island is fantastic, I and going to read the book The Island by Victoria Hislop which was recommended to me by our rep.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Also known as the Island of Tears. Crete's and Europe's last leper colony. We had a guided tour of the island with the very knowledgeable Maria. It was very moving at times - you get to see the houses and shops the lepers lived in as they tried to lead a normal life. Very little shade and it got very... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Would have given this a five but the day we went the toilets were not working! Advise buying a little guide book so you do not miss anything.

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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We went on an organised tour which meant it was very busy but in spite of that it was quite an emotional experience (having just read The Island) Would definitely recommend although I think if I was to go again I would go on early evening and just get one of the fishing boats from Elounda or Plaka to avoid... More

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Very let down first you pay for a boat to the island. At no time are you told you pay again once you get there. Once you finally get in there is no direction poor signage poor organisation, for an island with so much history to tell it is criminal. My opinion is don't bother.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Been to Spinalonga three times now while staying in Elounda. Great day out gets very hot in the summer months and there is not usually anywhere to get a drink once your there. First came to the area after reading 'The Island' so this visit was a must. Views to die for so take your camera.

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Athens, Greece
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to take pictures. Great scenery! Interesting stories..history.The view of Plaka from the island is breathtaking as is the deep blue sea!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Having read The Island it was a 'must see' beautiful location with views of Plaka. Enjoyable boat ride from Elounda

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Central Romania, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It is very interesting to hear aboutthis kind of stories and to imagine the llife from spinalonga. You should try it

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