Spinalonga (Kalydon)
Spinalonga (Kalydon)
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 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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  • Jarek
    Gdynia, Poland605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spinalonga
    Fascinating island with huge history. It is small but it is definitely worth to see it. Easy to get by boats from Agions Nicolaos. Entry 8 euro per person (ppl age under 25 from EU free of charge)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • mjderrick
    369 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    We visited by ferry from Plaka Marina which is a 5 minute trip but only seems to run each hour. Due to other constraints we only had 50 minutes on the island which isn’t long enough, we recommend at least 90 minutes but 2hours is probably sufficient. Tours are available
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Big_D_The_Goat
    71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Organise the Trip Yourself
    Booked the trip as a package via our reps (TUI) and in retrospect we should have organised ourselves. Local firms offer for less, and you'll likely get a better experience. Bypassing the long coach transfer and poor 'guide', I'll focus on the island. Very interesting, steeped in history and sad to think what happened there. I think most trips give you appx two hours on the island which should be sufficient. Our guide spent far too long telling us her script that it held up our progress. She was also repetitive and a little dull. I think most folk should manage the island but if you're really infirm I'd be taking guidance first. Buildings well maintained, island is impressive within the bay, overall a worthwhile visit. If you go yourself then you have more time to explore the local area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • ANDYSheffield
    54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time limit Spinalonga.
    Wife read the book, The Island, years ago and always wanted to visit so we booked our stay at Elounda. We read the reviews prior to visiting and I have only one thing to add as I don’t recall seeing it mentioned so don’t know if it is new. We purchased our tickets from the harbour in Elounda where there are 7/8 tour boats, some adapted fishing boats and travelled across. On arrival the skipper said we had an hour and ten minutes then he would return and take us back, I thought you could stay a few hours. The boat then went and moored off the island, the visit was a bit rushed but we saw everything and sure enough he returned on time and took us back. Don’t know if the large tour boats do the same, maybe the time limit is to prevent over crowding on the island but if aware you can plan accordingly.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • CLE68
    Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom397 contributions
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Sayer
    Weybridge, United Kingdom1,033 contributions
    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 July 27, 2023
  • amgie60
    Thailand12 contributions
    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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Zenzefylli S
    107 contributions
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 14, 2023
  • tonih
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom83 contributions
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Irene P
    Athens, Greece2 contributions
    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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
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171valc
Marbella, Spain38 contributions
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 August 31, 2020
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Leonard L
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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 August 20, 2022
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John B
Blackburn, UK10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 September 4, 2022
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Will LB
10 contributions
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 July 14, 2021
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Amanda Hopson
3 contributions
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 November 18, 2020
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millypink
Hedon, UK305 contributions
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 May 20, 2022
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Steve H
Norwich, UK33 contributions
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 August 1, 2022
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Lucy S
5 contributions
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 August 15, 2022
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tulip
Bolton, UK544 contributions
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 June 28, 2022
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bruno l
Paris, France836 contributions
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 August 21, 2022
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