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What to do and see in Spinalonga in Crete. How to arrive by boat


Spinalonga and Kalydon

North-east of the beautiful island of Crete, in the Gulf of Elounda, the splendid Spinalonga rises, a really beautiful and suggestive island-fortress.

Spinalonga, in reality, is the nearby peninsula, even if, with this term, we tend to indicate the splendid Venetian fortress of the islet of Kalydon.

In the 16th century, the island played a strategic military role for the Venetians who built a series of impressive fortifications here. From the 20th century, up to the 1957, it has welcomed the people affected by leprosy, becoming the last leper colony in Europe.

Today, the island is uninhabited and devoid of accommodation facilities. It is, undoubtedly, an interesting archaeological site that preserves important evidence of the Venetian and Ottoman domination. It is really beautiful, and fascinating, the excursion in this island really impressive. You can expect magical atmospheres, breathtaking views and beautiful views. Really beautiful. Get ready to make beautiful shots.



Spinalonga can be reached by sea from Elounda and nearby Plaka Marina. From both, every day, until the 18: 30, the boats that take you to your destination leave.

From Elounda, the boat takes about 20 minutes. The ticket costs 10 € per person.
From Plaka Marina, however, the crossing lasts between about 20 minutes. The ticket costs 8,00 € per person.

Alternatively, even the most distant Agios Nikolaos boats leave, which, in just over an hour, arrive in Kalydon.


To visit the site it is necessary to purchase the entrance ticket, at the cost of 8,00 € per person, per adult.

You can visit the small museum set up inside, take beautiful walks and enjoy absolutely unique views. The fortress is well preserved.


It is preferable to arrive early in the morning, avoiding excessive heat and crowds in high season. Or, arrive late in the afternoon. Remember that the last boat, in general, starts at 18: 30. We recommend, however, to check on the spot regarding the last race.

There is only one bar on the island. Prices are quite high. Take water if possible with you.

We recommend starting from the small port of Plaka Marina. Take a stroll along the promenade with its cafés and tavernas and enjoy a splendid view of Spinalonga.

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