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Spinalonga (Kalydon)

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The island was smaller and closer than I had expected from reading the novel (years ago). We went as part of a TUI tour. Enjoyed the boat ride and the island but too much info and a slow pace waiting in a group. Preferred it...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited Spinalonga 23 years ago and obviously it hasn’t changed. If you know anything about the khistory of the place even if you only read The Islad by Victoria Hyslop it’s got a really creepy feeling but underneath the sadness is great hope and fortitude....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank linda642014
Reviewed 3 days ago

I think, like most people, I really wanted to visit Spinalonga because of Victoria Hislop's book, which I read several years ago. We went on an organised excursion, which was a huge mistake, as we were rushed around the island and given more information about...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Lyn1962
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a history for a small Island, ending up as a leper colony until 1957. Well worth a trip. Short boat trip and 8€ entrance fee.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Angela F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was my second visit to Spinalonga.Two years ago I went in July and the island was overcrowded. In the spring it is quiet and makes for a more relaxing visit. There is a boat that leaves from Agios Nikolaos every day or you can...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A lovely trip out to the island by boat. Excellent guide who told the story of Spinalonga very well. It was quite emotional having read Victoria Hislop's book, The Island.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank LovingSissi123
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited Spinalonga twice. The first time it was Very busy early morning on a Friday with tour boats and guided tours. Returned after noon on the following Sunday and it was perfect. If you have read The Island by Victoria Hislop ( and I...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank GrannyGrandpa
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went on 3 Sparrow tours during our week and can’t praise them enough. From the girl who sold us them on the street near Babel bar to the tours themselves, we loved every second. Our drivers got us there and back safely along some...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank jacquidot23
Reviewed 1 week ago

It has not been a leper colony for over 50yrs and so is basically a set of gradually decaying buildings. It's a short boat ride from places such as Plaka and Elounda and at little cost (e.g. 10 euro from Plaka plus 8 euro entry)....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Tigerram
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a cool place! We kept thinking how bad it would be if it were in America- paved, over priced, sectioned off, no touching. Instead, you felt as if you discovered the place by yourself. Neat place. Lots of great photo ops.

Date of experience: May 2019
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May 7, 2019|
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Response from 4martinush | Reviewed this property |
The boot trip and entrance fee are separate. No guide included. We traveled by hire car and explored the island with our family. Alternatively, via local travel agency, you can book a Spinalonga tour with transportation and... More
April 8, 2019|
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Response from 908lynseym | Reviewed this property |
Yes in summer months Opening hours: 01Apr - 31Oct Mon-Sun, 0800-2000 01Nov - 31Mar Sat-Sun, 0930-1600
March 17, 2019|
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Response from Purplegeri | Reviewed this property |
From memory the boat trip was about 15 euros from Agios Georgios and admission to the island was only a couple of euros, was a few years ago though!