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Between the island of Spinalonga and the shoreline of Crete is Elounda
Bay. The bay gives complete protection from bad weather and many small boats are
anchored off the coast of eastern Crete.
Location: Coming from the east the large Venetian fort on the islet of Spinalonga
is easily seen. Once you round the Akrotiri of Agios Ioannis on the west you
will also see the fort. The entrance to the lagoon is between the west mainland
and the tip of the islet. The town of Elounda is at the end of the lagoon and
there is a causeway that joins the mainland to the larger island of Spinalonga.
Facilities: The town of Elounda is a luxury resort area. There is a small fishing
harbour but it can be filled with tour boats in season. All provisions may be
purchased in the town. Fuel may also be brought to the quay. There are no port
authorities here. Unless you are desperate, it is easier to refuel and stock
provisions while docked at the new marina facilities in Agios Nikolaos. The
lagoon of Spinalonga makes for an interesting and pleasant boat trip.
Comments: Anchorage points are throughout the lagoon. The depths are between
3 and 6 metres. The pier at Elounda is often crowded. There is a light on the
end of Akrotiri Agios Ioannis and the village of Plaka and Elounda are lit at
night. There can be strong gusts of wind. Around the islet and peninsula of
Spinalonga, can be found very good anchorage. Be aware of the prevailing winds
and choose the best anchorage.
This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
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