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Built to defend the island, the castle turned it into an impregnable area, but now there is just a ruin, from which you can see the bay and Crete.
The fortress of Spinalonga on the island was built by Venetians, thus trying to make the island inaccessible. They established a fortress on the former site of the Acropolis, and so Mirabello bay and Spinalonga Bay were protected from enemies.
Now the fortress remained only ruins, three bastions that still remind us of its past greatness. At the top of the fortress there is a statue of "Floating Man" - it symbolizes suicide, which was not uncommon for the island, whose inhabitants were only leprosy patients.
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Fortress of Spinalonga on the mapLocation: Spinalonga island
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The Gorge of Aradena
Near the abandoned village is the gorge, which stretches to the coast of the Libyan Sea, and many desperate travelers can walk through it.37
Beautiful freshwater lake surrounded by a mountain landscape, creating a special atmosphere of seclusion and isolation from the rest of the world.42
The picturesque small village, that has preserved its authenticity despite the great popularity among tourists, and offers a relaxing stay on their sandy beaches.1
Built by the Venetians in the 14th century, this fortress was intended to protect the population from the pirates, and now you can watch the unusual phenomenon drosoulites here.3
If you want to reach this picturesque gorge, you need to overcome a long way through another famous and marvelous Cretan gorge.14
Beautiful and unguarded cave, where only rare travelers come and where stalactites and stalagmites form fanciful shapes.12
Glyka Nera Beach
Hidden away from the prying eyes of rocks and cliffs, Glyka Nera beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the world due to its well-groomed and close freshwater supply.10
One and the best places in Crete for snorkeling and diving with fishes. Underwater canyons make diving especially interesting.12
The most famous landmark of Crete depicted on all the postcards and souvenirs, the place where according to legend was the Minotaur maze.20
The small island separated from Crete for a hundred meters, and it is considered a haven away from the noise of city streets.12
Sandy and pebble beach is located on the southern coast of the island and has become legendary thanks to the hippies who lived in these caves.9
The Leper Island Spinalonga
A former leper colony, this island has preserved only the ruins of a once-powerful fortress and abandoned houses of leprosy patients.27