We actually came here last year on our 4th visit to Crete, I had read Victoria Hislops book "The Island" and was hooked with the story that it was an absolute "must" to come to Spinalonga.
After a number of hours car journey from Rethmyno, we chose to ignore the tourist bus trips from Elounda and Agios Nikolias which give you a lengthy boat ride and I wanted to catch a small boat from Plaka following the books story to the island to get a real "feel" for the experience.
Plaka is a beautiful little place, brimming with character, an abundance of really nice tavernas, little curio shops selling tasteful items you actually "do want"! Lovely.
Spectacular view to The Island, we were pleased to find several small boats willing to take us across to Spinalonga and it suited me as the crossing took only about 30 mins if that. Once on The Island you pay an entrance fee at the kiosk.
The view looking back to the mainland was breathtaking. Walking around was great, no need for walking shoes but something better than flip flops recommended.
It would have been nice to see more of the original buildings maintained and perhaps it would be nice if part of it could be rebuilt to give tourists a greater vision of life on the island how it was, particularly for the "younger visitors".
Well worth the long journey!
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