In the gulf of Mirabello, east of Iraklion, the peninsula of Kalydon is topped with the fortress of Spinalonga. First Venetian citadel, then Arab, then leper clony, nowadays Spinalonga is a great tourist attraction reachable from Plaka or Elounda or Agios Nikolaos.

Spinalonga and its fortress as seen from Plaka shores

Mooring at Spinalonga

The channel between Spinalonga and Kalydon

The Northern rampart of the fortress

Back to Plaka


This is the new episode of the reportage Crete:Kingdom of Candia. Click each picture to open it full size. Previous episode(s):

1. Once upon the time in the Kingdom of Candia

2. Gramvousa ochre and turquoise

3. Solo sliders

4. Go West: Falassarna shores of Crete

5. Balos lagoon, a royal beauty

6. Balos, all the colors of water

7. Visitors (or not) in the Mediterranean Sea

8. The only good nation is Imagination

9. Postcards from Chania

10. Wet rocks

11. Rethymno: the Fortezza

12. Between two words

13. A lucky underwater encounter