We had a hire car and drove to Plaka to visit Spinalonga. Plenty of free car parking, a small village and only one ferry boat so easy to find the boat! It goes about every half hour (ish). Costs 8 euros as it is nearer to the island than the other resorts like Elounda and Agios Nikolaos, which charge more as the boat trip is longer. Island fee is about 2 euros I think. We didn't want to do an organised tour and doing it ourselves meant we had as long as we wanted on the island (all morning). It seemed that many of the day trip boats that called in only gave their passengers about 45 minutes to look round so if you do book one of these tours then make sure you ask how long you have there if this is your main reason for booking the tour. There is a fair amount of history apart from the best known part about the leper colony. Plaka has a good range of restauarants and we had a nice late lunch there once we got back from the island. Reading Victoria Hislop's excellent book The Island makes it come alive
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