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Address: Elounda Bay, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
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Phone Number: +30-2810288394
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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I really enjoyed the trip to Spinalonga Island. I thought it was a better experience than the Palace of Knossos, because there was more to explore, it was a much more... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really enjoyed the trip to Spinalonga Island. I thought it was a better experience than the Palace of Knossos, because there was more to explore, it was a much more adventure-like experience, and the history was more certain and interesting over time. I really enjoyed the layering of its history as a fortress and leper colony. I would recommend... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice excursion , the island is beautiful and transmits you a sweet melancholy for book lovers that have read the book. A must visit as you can observe buildings from different parts of the history. A bad point: 8 euros the boat from plaka (5 min ride) add 8 more euros to visit the island!!!! I consider it too much... More 

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Thank ngilsous
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have been looking forward to visiting the island for years ....... It didn't disappoint at all! I would recommend, if you can, getting a boat across from Plaka, it costs €8 per person and you can stay on the island as long as you like. Some of the tours and boats from Elounda only give you an hour over... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took the boat from Elounda which is only Eur2 more than from Plaka with the added bonus of a boat trip along the coast. Many reviews are correct that there are limited explanations. I would recommend climbing up to the top which is a bit of a scramble but lovely views (only possible if you where trainers or similar).... More 

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Thank Jane R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth visiting! If you do, go to the highest place for the the best view (the story that the guide tells in not that interesting).

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

very interesting, beautiful location, and easy to get to. 8 Euros each (by boat from plaka) If its a hot day make sure you take plenty of water as there is not much in the way of shade on the island

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to spinalonga with nostos cruises and had a guided tour which made this attraction great as her facts and knowledge were on point! Not sure what it would be like to walk around unguided but it is a lovely ruins area with a deep history. Worth a visit!

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Sale, Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Having read The Island by Victoria Hislop many years ago I've always wanted to visit this island. We caught the boat from Elounda as it was a smaller boat and we went at 4pm so visitor numbers were lower on the island. Perfect decision. Still had two hours to wander and take in the history and views. All children enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Before we came to Crethe we read the book "The Island" whitch describes the life for the lepers on Spinalonga. So we just had to go there. The only minus on the trip was the long booring buss ride from Rethymnon. To long and not enough breakes. But our guide was very good and told us about Greek mythologi on... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From our hotel room, we had a fantastic view of this island. Took a local boat over, the Island is filled with history and atmosphere, a must to see. Whilst staying read Victoria Heslopp book The Island, it really brought the island to life.

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