Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete

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P.O. Box 38, Elounda, Crete, 72053, Greece   •  Weather:    •   Local Time:     •  Phone: +30 28410 65500  

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SPINALONGA

A PLACE OF LIVING HISTORY

The island of Spinalonga, Elounda, Crete, Greece across Blue Palace resort and spa

The island of Spinalonga, Elounda, Crete, Greece across Blue Palace resort and spa

The island of Spinalonga, Elounda, Crete, Greece across Blue Palace resort and spa

The island of Spinalonga

The island of Spinalonga, Elounda, Crete, Greece across Blue Palace resort and spa

A circular fortress rises impressively from a rocky hillside, overlooking the vast open seas
Spinalonga, a National Monument of Greece

Spinalonga, a National Monument of Greece

The island of Spinalonga, Elounda, Crete, Greece across Blue Palace resort and spa

The island of Spinalonga, Elounda, Crete, Greece across Blue Palace resort and spa

A NATIONAL MONUMENT

The fortified islet of Spinalonga is a masterpiece of human ingenuity. The fortification architecture that was implemented and evolved on Spinalonga is an innovative application by the human mind of theory in practice. It’s no coincidence that is considered one of the country’s most important National Monuments. 

What makes Spinalonga a monument of outstanding universal value is the fact that architectural remains of different historical periods and cultural influences coexist and converse on the island. Moreover, the use of Spinalonga as a leper colony, the most tragic part of its history, emphasizes the unique character of the island. Spinalonga is a monument to human pain. It symbolizes the concept of incarceration and is synonymous with torment. 


An Architectural Wonder

Spinalonga, an architectural wonder of Greece
Spinalonga, an architectural wonder of Greece
Spinalonga, an architectural wonder of Greece
Spinalonga, an architectural wonder of Greece

Spinalonga is an important example of a seaward bastion-type fortress that portrays important phases of human history. Towards the end of the 16th century, the Venetians, as part of their great fortification works to defend Crete, built on Spinalonga the famous fortress, designed according to the bastion system of fortification by Genese Bressani and Latino Orsini.

Uninhabited since 1957, the small island is covered in enchanting ruins, emblematic churches, and colorful reconstructed storefronts. Pebbled beaches border high protective walls where desert grass grows from cracks in earth-colored brick.

The village houses were arranged in a stepped pattern across the west and south sides of the islet. Today many well-built two-storey houses and shops remain.

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Spinalonga Ruined Houses Elounda Crete Greece

DID YOU KNOW

The original name of the island was Kalydon, which was renamed to Spinalonga from the Venetians. The Venetian words spina and longa mean long thorn, deriving from the shape of the island.

 

Spinalonga Sunset from Blue Palace Resort Crete Greece

IT'S SUNSET TIME

The best spot to enjoy the sunset is the Venetian Fortress of Spinalonga, an important example of a seaward bastion-type fortress.

Boat to Spinalonga

ACCESS TO THE ISLAND

The island of Spinalonga is accessible by boat from the area of Plaka - just five minutes away from the resort - from early May until the end of October.

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Access to the Island of Spinalonga

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