Holidays in Spinalonga

Spinalonga Holidays

Being aware of the needs of the Greek traveler and especially of the modern foreigner one, who sometimes is in awe of the abundance of information on the internet, the well experienced team of has a suggestion for everyone’ s taste. With over 35 years of expertise in tourism in Greece, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to questions usually asked when one plans holidays in Spinalonga: how do I get there, where do I stay, what can I see and do in Spinalonga? What about transportation on the island?

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Spinalonga travel, tourism info

Spinalonga island is located in northeastern Crete, in Lassithi prefecture, at the entrance of Elounda Bay and the northeastern part of Mirabello Bay. Its ancient Greek name was Kalydon (Kalydonia) but after the occupation by the Venetians is called Spinalonga. The island was first named “Stinelonde” (first mentioned in a Venetian document of 1381) after the Greek expression “stin Elounda” meaning “to Elounda”. They finally started calling the island Spinalonga (meaning “long thorn”), something more meaningful to them and they were probably inspired from a Venetian island with the same name (today Giudecca). From 1903 to 1957 Spinalonga was used as leper colony. The lepers of Crete and later of the rest of Greece, where led there in order to isolate the patients from the healthy population, since there was no drug yet and the disease was considered highly contagious. For the locals Spinalonga is widely known as the island of the lepers, despites its great history. After 1957 Spinalonga was abandoned for several decades. Today the island of Spinalonga is an archaeological site and a significant number of buildings have been restored. There are also become attempts to join the list of World Heritage of Unesco.

Spinalonga useful info

Greek National Tourism Organisation in Crete +30 28210 24629
Tourism Police Station +30 28410 26900
Port Authorities Agios Nikolaos +30 28410 90108
Hospital Agios Nikolaos +30 28410 66000
Health Centre Elounda +30 28410 41563

Spinalonga Ferry Tickets, Ship Itineraries, Special Offers

Ship itinerary information for Spinalonga

Spinalonga isn't connected with an ordinary itinery from a main port, like Piraeus. The only port of the island can only be reached from the nearby island of Crete and specifically from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka, by boat.

Special offers for ferry tickets to Spinalonga

It is important to note that most ship companies offer discounts for return tickets. Keep in mind that if you want to visit a nearby island, you are strongly advised to buy in advance a return ticket for your destination.

Air tickets to Spinalonga, Flights, Special Offers

Booking Air tickets for Spinalonga

Rethymno has no airport. The nearest is the Sitia airport "Vitsentzos Kornaros" (Sitia airport "Vitsentzos Kornaros") (see airtickets Lassithi). Alternative is the Heraklio international airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" (Heraklio international Airport, "Nikos Kazantzakis") (see airtickets Heraklio) from where you will find easier seats.

To receive the most-up-to-date information on flights, please refer to our online booking for tickets, as schedules and flights to Spinalonga change.

Special offers and cheap tickets to Spinalonga

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Hotels in Spinalonga, Hotel Guide, Special Offers

Hotel Guide

There are no hotels in Spinalonga

Excursions and special places of interest in Spinalonga

Excursions and tours in Spinalonga

Learn about the entire history and background of Spinalonga and its inhabitants, starting the Gatehouse, where the leprosy sufferers entered and caught their first glimpse of the islands interior, with its houses, church and hospital which cared and housed the lepers, until they were laid in their final place of rest within the tiny graveyard on Spinalonga island.

Places of interest in Spinalonga

Spinalonga is known for its small pebble beaches and shallow waters.

Restaurants and nightlife in Spinalonga

There aren't any restaurants or cafe bars on the island.

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