Spinalonga (Kalydon)
Spinalonga (Kalydon)
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • CLE68
    Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating history.
    Fascinating to see but be prepared for steep climbs and very uneven paths as well as it being very busy. We went early from Elounda on the boat but even by the time we got there it was packed with people. Lots of your groups. Walking around some areas was challenging due to uneven, steep surfaces and the amount of people. The history is fascinating and views are amazing. Definitely worth seeing and it’s a nice boat trip out. I felt totally ripped off at the cafe as I was charged 5 euros for a can of coke! It felt like a bit of a free for all getting the boat back as there are so many boats coming in and often no idea which one you’ve to get. Again extremely busy waiting for boats back. My tip - take your own drinks with you which we usually do but had forgotten that day. Be prepared for it to be busy. Wear decent shoes.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Sayer
    Weybridge, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating part of Greek ancient and modern history
    If you are in Eastern Crete then is definitely worth a visit. Go early (first boat is at 10am) as it is a popular location and will get busy. Take the boat from Plaka rather than Elounda to avoid the crowds. This island has a long and fascination history covering the Venetians, the Ottomans and the Greeks. There are a lot of information boards in multiple languages along with curators along the way. There is a cafe and toilets where the boats arrive. To get in involves paying a ticket for the boat and then an entrance ticket when you arrive.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • amgie60
    Thailand
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    Definitely worth a visit. It's hot but fascinating and very easy to get to. We bought a boat ticket from Plaka and then bought entrance ticket once over there. Entrance is free for EU citizens under 25, UK children's entrance 4 Euros. Be aware, if you want a headset tour, you need to organise this before getting to the island and buy a ticket that includes it. You can't buy one on the island itself.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience!!!
    Amazing experience, great tui guide for English speaking people and the driver. The only thing to pay attention is not to use the toilet as the flash was not working and is a nightmare in there and also the girl in the coffee shop was very rude and the prices extremely high (for a water watermelon taste which costs 1,14 outside they asked 8 euros😡😡. So buy water, coffee and whatever away from there and also your souvenirs buy them elsewhere. For your own save of money because it's not at all value for money.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
  • tonih
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Booked a boat trip to Spinalonga whilst visiting Crete. We took a ferry from Agios nikolaos which was a beautiful trip. Such a sad history to hear about the island. Our guide told us all about it during our visit. The views are just gorgeous from around the island. Wear comfy shoes as it can be a bit uneven when walking around.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Irene P
    Athens, Greece
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place. Avoid the bar
    The place is fantastic. However, avoid the only bar there. Asked to pay 27 euros for a water, two bottles of beer and an ice pop (the bar is self-service, too) TV. Cc. Szxz see z sexist zzxzzx . When I refused and returned the items the staff was extremely rude. They also charge 50c to use the toilet.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Yamir Haque
    Espoo, Finland
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Value and Deeply Moving Experience at Spinalonga
    Visited Spinalonga while in Crete and was thoroughly impressed with the entire experience. The cost was 40 euros, which is a steal considering a Finnish travel agency was offering the same for 90 euros. This price included a knowledgeable guide, bus transportation to the boat, the boat trip itself, a return bus ride to our hotel, and a delightful lunch. Spinalonga's story is deeply moving. Once a Venetian fortress, it later became a leper colony, marking a poignant chapter in its history. The remnants of the past and the atmosphere on the island evoke a profound sense of reflection. The guide was very well-informed and spoke engagingly about the island's history and significance. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this trip and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Crete. The combination of impressive scenery, touching history, and competent guidance made it memorable.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 August 2023
  • KatePP82
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend a tour guide or reading The Island before going
    Incredible place, beautiful and characterful. Defo need to read the Victoria Hislop novel either immediately before or after, as within the pages you can see the island come to life. Recommend a tour guide instead of independent visit as so many hidden tales.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Lindsay K
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sea and views
    We did the full walk around this island. It’s the perfect balance of barren and hanging out with goats to the most stunning and wonderful coastline with crystal blue waters. We found so many hidden coves along the route that were perfect for jumping off the rocks, having a swim in the azure sea and then moving on to find the next hidden gem.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Treborstreet
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not enough time to really appreciate the island
    We came on a trip from our hotel and were initially shown around by a guide. Whilst the history was interesting there wasn’t enough time to listen and then explore so I broke off and went off on my own and glad that I did. The island’s history is something you can read up on before you go I suggest leaving you to wander and take in the sights including a walk to the top where you’ll get 360 views, the climb is hot and you have to clamber a bit but it’s so worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 September 2023
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171valc
Marbella, Spain
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Took a day trip from Gouves, stopping at Agios Nicolaos and sailing from Elounda. The overall trip was very enjoyable but I have to say I was very disappointed with Spinalona itself. I really enjoy trips such as this normally but it was not an organised place at all. The whole visit would have been much more enjoyable if there were more information areas instead of just maps. Photos of past times or explanations of 'what this particular building used to be' etc would have been much more informative. Our guide on the coach gave us lots of Spinalonga history (in perfect English) but the island itself was a disappointment. The entrance was 8 Euros which is understandable for entrance to a heritage site, but the snack bar there was a rip off!
Written 31 August 2020
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Note; this is not a review about the Island, rather the cafe. (It’s actually more of an advisory!!)

Basically don’t buy anything from the cafe unless you are prepared to pay outrageous prices.

I recently visited the cafe on Spinalonga and my partner and I rounded off our visit with a Diet Coke and a packet of crisps each at a price of 24 Euros. (£20).

I appreciate that it’s a business and they need to make a profit but in my opinion this was verging on cynically charging massively inflated prices simply because they have a captive audience.

Avoid the cafe or take a picnic!
Written 20 August 2022
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John B
Blackburn, UK
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
I wanted to enjoy this place, but the commercial opportunities seem to be taking president over peoples enjoyment. I would reiterate what other day that just over an hour we had is not enough, but that wouldn’t take away from the fact it is a rip off if you buy drinks €12 for two bottle of small pop. Twenty minutes Stood in baking heat trying to purchase the tickets, again disrespecting the uk customers who pay the full amount. I think agree with have short memories on who bailed them out financially a few years ago. The walks are pretty much impassable other than the one around the outside. They actually are very dangerous in fact. Do not go off to the other paths is my advice if you can actually find them, poor signage throughout. Whilst I can see dramatic rebuilds from when we were here over twenty years ago, the whole thing is lost with opportunistic commercial gain. Tourist trap with nice pictures from offshore being better than the experience on land. Not a place to visit in peak heat either, unless you want to spend a fortune in drinks that you really need to get around it. Such a shame one I would not come back to.
Written 4 September 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My girlfriend and I had a fantastic trip to Spinalonga, and really recommend it.

We got a ferry from Elounda which took 15/20 mins and gave a nice view of the bay. After paying our entry fee we found a lovely official tour guide, Pavlos, offering to take us round and explain the history of the place for 10 euros each. We agreed and this was the best decision we made all week!

Pavlos was so knowledgable and passionate about the incredible history of Spinalonga and really helped us understand how truly special a place it is! I can see why some people didn't enjoy it without a guide, as there's not much information when you're there, so I recommend getting in touch with Pavlos with his details in my photo.
Written 14 July 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
We visited as I had read The Island, so Spinalonga was on my bucket list. Caught the boat from Elounda. Thankfully the sea was flat calm, I don’t do boats usually so was proud of myself! We chose to walk around anti-clockwise & not follow the crowds. At the top of the hill , through the gate is the cemetery. Most visitors walked straight past it, but we went in & found it quite poignant. From the we visited the chapel and continued around, visiting all the buildings. It didn’t disappoint at all. Wear good walking shoes in case you are tempted off the beaten track, you end up scrabbling like a mountain goat.
We spent hours there & it was worth waiting for. Will certainly go back
Written 18 November 2020
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millypink
Hedon, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Visited on a boat trip from Plaka, €8 admission, was very busy with school trips. Although I was fascinated by the Island, in particular it’s years as a lepar colony, I must admit to being a bit disappointed too. There was very little information on the buildings, just a few sparse occasional boards, would have liked more detail of what the buildings were over the years, thought there may have been some photos of the later years too. The cemetery is so uncared for which we found quite disrespectful, surely some of the admission costs could be used for this? Overall we were glad we had visited, spent about 2 hours including a coffee in the small cafe & gift shop, worth a visit if in the area
Written 20 May 2022
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Steve H
Norwich, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Fascinating place to visit. Layers of history to discover over the past few hundred years. The boat companies suggest 70 minutes is enough time to explore but definitely needs a few hours to see properly. Worth packing your own drinks as the cafe know they have a captive audience and charge ridiculous prices.
Written 1 August 2022
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Best to go on a guided tour to make the most of it. We made our own way to the island and found there to be very little information to read along the way and no audio guides or guide books available to buy once on the island. We definitely felt we didn’t learn much, which is a shame. We just had to take in the visual spectacle of it all.
The cafe is extremely over-priced - €5 for a can of Coke so take that into account.
Written 15 August 2022
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tulip
Bolton, UK
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Booked though a tour operator. Would've been nuch better if the tickets were booked through the tour operator instead of having to queue up in the baking heat with 3 other boat loads of people. We were so hot and tired of waiting we went ahead without the tour guide which meant we missed information. Too busy to appreciate, absolute cattle market and don't even get me started on the cafe, €7 for a bottle of Mythos, no can of pop under €5
Toilets were disgusting. A very underwhelming trip.
Written 28 June 2022
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bruno l
Paris, France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
If you are staying in Agios, just take a bus ride to Elounda, then have a walk and swim around big Spinalonga island - you may walk the 3 hours tour and discover the very best spots for swimming. Have lunch in Elounda (at Olondi restaurant for example), and then take again the bus or taxi to Plaka. Boats to Spinalonga takes 5 mins and 10 euros. Visit of Spinalonga can take between 1 to 2 hours depending if you wander around or not.
This is a perfect day and no need to take expensive guided tour ;)
Written 21 August 2022
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