boat trip from Elounda to fortress Spinalonga (Crete)
We visited the Spinalonga fortress in Crete. This is the boat trip from the harbor at Elounda to the Spinalonga Island.
Ελούντα Elounda / Spinalonga Crete Greece
Elounda Fishing Village Oficial Video
Elounda is a small fishing village on the northern coast of the island of Crete, Greece.
Ηistory of Elounda
The Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli reports that Spinalonga was not always an island, but was once linked with the adjacent Peninsula Spinalonga. He mentions that in 1526, the Venetians cut down a portion of the peninsula and thus created the island. Because of its position the island was fortified from its earliest years in order to protect the entranceway of the port of Ancient Olous.
In 1578 the Venetians charged the engineer Genese Bressani to plan the island’s fortifications. He created blockhouses at the highest points of the northern and southern side of the island, as well as a fortification ring along the coast that closed out any hostile disembarkation. In 1579, the Provveditore Generale of Crete, Luca Michiel, put the foundation stone of the fortifications, built over the ruins of an acropolis. There are two inscriptions that cite this event, one on the transom of the main gate of the castle and the other on the base of the rampart at the north side of the castle. In 1584, the Venetians, realising that the coastal fortifications were easy to conquer by the enemies attacking from the nearby hills, decided to strengthen their defence by constructing new fortifications at the top of the hill. The Venetian fire would thus have bigger range, rendering Spinalonga an impregnable sea fortress, one of the most important in the Mediterranean basin.
Spinalonga, along with Gramvousa and Souda, remained in Venetian hands even after the rest of Crete fell to the Ottomans in the Cretan War (1645–1669) and until 1715, when they fell to the Ottomans during the last Ottoman – Venetian War. These three forts defended Venetian trade routes and were also useful bases in the event of a new Venetian-Turkish war for Crete.
In 1715 , the Ottoman Turks captured Spinalonga taking over the last remaining Venetian fortress and removing the last trace of Venetian military presence from the island of Crete.
The island was subsequently used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. It is notable for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. The last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962. This was to maintain the religious tradition of the Greek Orthodox church, in which a buried person has to be commemorated at following intervals of 40 days; 6 months; 1 year; 3 years; and 5 years, after their death. Other leper colonies that have survived Spinalonga include Tichileşti in Eastern Romania, Fontilles in Spain and Talsi in Latvia. As of 2002, few lazarettos remain in Europe.
There were two entrances to Spinalonga, one being the lepers’ entrance, a tunnel known as «Dante’s Gate». This was so named because the patients did not know what was going to happen to them once they arrived. However, once on the island they received food, water, medical attention and social security payments. Previously, such amenities had been unavailable to Crete’s leprosy patients, as they mostly lived in the area’s caves, away from civilization.
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Spinalonga THE ISLAND Agios Nikolaos Crete Greece
Spinalonga is located in the gulf of Elounda in north eastern Crete. Plaka is the closest town to the island where you can get a boat trip to Spinalonga
Spinalonga is 70 kilometers from heraklion and 15 kilometers from Agios Nikolaos. Boat trips to Spinalonga you can get also from the port of Agios Nikolaos and the port of Elounda in high season are boat trips every few minutes and in low season more rare but still enough.
The new fortress of Spinalonga was built from the Venetetians in 1579. The island became in 1903 the place where the lepers were quarantined till 1957 thats why took the name the island of pain,and are written a lot of books and are made films for the dramatic stories of the people who lived there.
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Spinalonga Fortress, Crete (Greece) - Travel Guide
Take a tour of Spinalonga Fortress in Crete, Greece - part of the World's Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.
Just off the coast of the famous Greek island of Crete is a tiny island that is popularly called Spinalonga.
On this island is a centuries-old fortress that has been built into the rock itself.
Spinalonga Fortress was constructed here in the sixteenth century on top of the ruins of an ancient acropolis.
The thick stone walls and sturdy construction quickly make it obvious how this fort has remained here for centuries.
Because of its design and position, the Spinalonga Fortress was one of the most important fortifications in this part of the Mediterranean.
Visitors can reach the fort by a daily boat for a day-long tour of the island.
Spinalonga Crete Greece Boat Trip 2011
Our Trip to Spinalonga, Chris Redfern, Mark Smith, Nikki Ward & Hannah Bampton
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A visit to Spinalonga (Elounda), the island off Crete that was a leper colony until the end of the 1950s. Made with Proshow Producer
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Welcome to ELOUNDA ILION Hotel
Elounda Ilion hotel is located in Elounda, Crete, the area that has been characterized as a place of particular natural beauty and is considered one of the most beautiful and quiet resorts of the Mediterranean.
The hotel is built on a hillside offering a panoramic view to the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean, the bay of Elounda and the island of Spinaloga with its medieval castle. The clean blue sea is ideal for all kinds of water sports. The beauty, the tranquility and the hospitable environment make Elounda Crete one of the most popular travel destinations.
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A perfect Beach Day at Blue Palace
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Blue Palace’s beach offers an unsurpassed experience. The water is so clear you can spend time watching the turquoise seabed changing and the little fish swimming. There is such a sense of space and of unspoilt natural beauty, that makes you feel that this is the definition of summer luxury. Here you’ll find yourself wading through warm water to access multiple unexplored coves with seals, or the natural fortress-islet of Spinalonga, only a few hundred meters away, sheltering the beach from rough waters.
Spinalonga, Elounda M/Y THENI by Stefanos Tours
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The island of Spinalonga (Greek: Σπιναλόγκα), officially known as Kalydon (Καλυδών), is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, inLasithi prefecture, next to the town of Elounda. The official Greek name of the island today is Kalydon. Originally, Spinalonga was not an island, it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defense purposes and a fort was built there. A popular name for the island since Venetian rule is Spinalonga. During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island. The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.
Today, the unoccupied island is a popular tourist attraction in Crete. In addition to the abandoned leper colony and the fortress, Spinalonga is known for its small pebble beaches and shallow waters. The island can easily be accessed from Agios Nikolaos. Tourist boats depart on a daily basis. There is no accommodation on Spinalonga, meaning all tours last only a few hours.
The book The Island by Victoria Hislop is set in Spinalonga and shares the fictional story of a family’s ties to the leper colony.
The short story “Spinalonga” by John Ware, about a tourist group that visits the island, featured in the 13th Pan Book of Horror.
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Spinalonga - Elounda Boat Cruises
Elounda Boat Cruises
Big Snail at Plaka Beach, near Spinalonga fortress in Crete
A short stop in Plaka turned out to be a pleasant experience.
Elounda Aqua Sol Hotel by In Globe Agency
Elounda Aqua Sol
The island of Spinalonga (Greek: Σπιναλόγκα), officially known as Kalydon (Καλυδών), is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, in Lasithi prefecture, next to the town of Elounda.Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.Today, the unoccupied island is one of the main tourist attractions in Crete. In addition to the abandoned leper colony and the fortress, Spinalonga is known for its small pebble beaches. The island can easily be accessed from Elounda and Agios Nikolaos. Tourist boats depart from both towns on a daily basis. There is no accommodation on Spinalonga, meaning all tours last only a few hours. Boat trips from Elounda take approximately fifteen minutes while trips departing Agios Nikolaos can take nearly one hour.
The book Island of the Damned by Victor Zorba -- a local expert on the island -- is still in print. It relates the true story of the leper colony and, because the author met with the last governor of the colony, contains many exclusive photos and stories of the German occupation.Discover all the mysteries of ancient Greece together with In Globe and its unique opportunities for work and travel Greece 2011