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“A must seen + nice boat cruise !”

Spinalonga (Kalydon)
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Spinalonga and Cretan Culture Tour with Boat Trip
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Elounda Village and Spinalonga Island Day Trip with Lunch
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Full-Day Spinalonga Island Cruise from Agios Nikolaos
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Elounda
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed June 26, 2010

Do not hesitate to spend some time for visiting this historical venue. Venetian forteress and later the island of the Leper Hospital. Reachable by chartered boat from Neopolis, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.
We departed from Elounda Harbour > 30 minutes cruising + 60 minutes on site (you need to go & return with the same boat ! Tickets featuring each boat's name !) : means 10 €/pers * for the cruise (but with a nice sangria "offered" by the captain and complete passing round tour of the island to take on the way back) and 2€/pers * for the access to the historical site.
No guiding leaflet or map on the spot (what a shame). Tip : bring your own travel book or buy a guide in a press shop before departure ! The only possibility to know the right itinerary on the island, otherwise you will miss interesting things. Remaining buildings, forteress, picture galery, church, fire walls ... quite a lot within 1 hour but really worthwhile !

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Reviewed April 9, 2010

got the boat over from elunda to spinalonga a must visit if you are in crete excellant guide called lara

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Reviewed March 14, 2010

Spinalonga is a beautiful interesting island, well worth a visit!
The island can be reached by boat, and there are a few different boat companies offering trips leaving from the square in Elounda. The boat trip is excellent offering great views from the ocean!
Spinalonga, perhaps was a bit busy when we visited but the ancient villages and relics of past civilisation are exciting to explore! The views looking down at the ocean are breathtaking! for the more adventurous type, spectacular panoramic views can by seen by climbing to the summit of spinalonga - but be wary of strong winds blowing from the med. sea!

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Reviewed September 27, 2009

Spinalonga is a decent little trip. Can be done in and hour or two. It would be much more interesting if you went around with a guide that speaks English. Otherwise, there isn't much of a story or background for you.

A much better trip is renting a car and traveling to Xerokampos or Vai beach or Knossos or many other Crete locations.

Tip: It only costs 8EU to take a boat from Plaka, but much more from other locations Elounda or Agios Nikolaos.

9  Thank tstayin
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

I have visited many historical places but they never facinated me as much as this island. The historical atmosphere of spinalonga is very tanagable. Elounda Bay is very attractive and tranquil.. I have just read the wonderful book "The Island" by Victoria Hislop and would advise you read the book before you go as pre-knowledge of the island would make the trip even more poignient.

6  Thank roweyWorksop
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