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Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

The island used to be a leper colony so the story’s can be a bit sad but real unfortunately would recommend a tour nice half a day

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 11, 2019

If you are able to visit this place, which was an ex- leper colony until 1957. It took my breath away with its beauty, it touched my heart. Visit and read alongside The Island by Victoria Hislop. If you can get there very early do so.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 11, 2019

We were staying in an hotel near Hersonissos and booked a day trip to Spinalonga Island. This meant travelling 1.45hrs by coach to Agios Nikolaos picking up others as we went. This wasn't the pretty city we had been led to expect and feeling rather queasy from the long coach ride, decided to enjoy a coffee watching the world go by as we waited for the boat trip to Spinalonga.
The boat was fine and we were given a nicely cooked chicken leg with a good Greek salad, an apple and a glass of local white wine before we set off.
Although we knew to take a sweater we hadn't been warned about just how cold it would be sitting on deck and we really felt for the poor people who arrived in just a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. We stopped for 20 minutes to allow (?6) people to swim but of course the sea in early May is not that warm so we just enjoyed being out of the wind for a bit!
The actual visit to Spinalonga was very good. Our guide (?Gloria) was very knowledgeable and interesting to speak to. I wish we could have had longer there with her.
Of course we sat inside the boat on the way back to Agios Nikolaos but the coach still took 1.5hrs to return us to the hotel.
I don't have a problem with Sparrow Travel as they did what they said they would do but with the benefit of hindsight I would prefer to have spent my money on a taxi to Plaka and then made the short crossing to Spinalonga with a local boat company.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank saraho30
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Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

We went there with a boat from Elounda. It's a nice boat ride and there are a lot of plaques with information on the island so you don't need a guide to learn about the background. But honestly it's not that interesting and the ruins and views are underwhelming. Price for two 24 EUR for the boat and another 16 for the island. We waited a long time to find a boat back because most of them are "private" and won't take you (contrary to what you're promised when buying the tickets "you can take any boat back"). So overall overpriced and overrated.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Dan78787
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Reviewed May 11, 2019

I have visited Spinalonga many times after reading Victoria Hislop's The Island. It is impressive to visit the island and imagine life during the 19th century.
When you take the boat, the captain wil say we will leave after one hour but you can also stay longer and take a next boat to return.
Entrance tickets are getting more expensive. But there is a 50% reduction when you ask for it. The ticket office clark doesn't xplain who or what but I asked for a 60 plus ticket and I paid 4 € instead of the 8 €. It's a national monument but most of the houses are not accessible. The church closes at 3 so visiting the church in the afternoon is not possible.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank walterJGD
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