EXCURSION TO THE ISLAND OF SPINALONGA
Date: Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007
From: Mirabello Beach Hotel entrance
Times: Bus pickup at 16:00 from the entrance of Mirabello Beach Hotel
Drop-off at 18:30 back at the same place.
Description: The bus will take the scenic route to the
nearby town of
Duration: Spinalonga tour about 45 minutes.
Fees: Included in registration – covers boat ride, guide and entry ticket to island.
The island of Spinalonga
The island has been settled since ancient times and is composed of two
islets – the larger Spinalonga and the smaller Kalidona
(also usually called Spinalonga). The old Venetian fortress was built in 1579
AD on Kalidona to protect the entrance to this
sheltered bay in front of Elounda from attacks by pirates and other hostile
forces. After the occupation of Crete by the Ottomans, Spinalonga was the last
Venetian stronghold valiantly resisting for almost 60 years after the fall of
At the start of the 20th century, the
Today, it is a popular tourist site combined with a boat excursion. It is officially under the jurisdiction of the Greek Archeological Agency which is slowly trying to restore the time-ravaged buildings.
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