A Day Trip To Spinalonga

I love a good boat trip, I really do.

On our third day in Crete, we took a boat trip to Spinalonga (also known as Leper Island) which cost 35 Euros per person for the full day including lunch and it certainly didn’t disappoint as we both had a lovely, relaxing day.

We found it very easy to book the trip with Altino Travel Services as there was plenty of places dotted around the area of Gouves and our pick up spot was quite literally down the road from our hotel.



After driving along the coast and through the gorge of Saint George, we arrived at the beautiful and very picturesque town of Ayios Nicolaos for just over an hour of exploring on foot.

We had a lovely tour guide who spoke English, Greek and German for the tourists on our coach and she was full of information for anyone who wanted to know that little bit more alongside the basics.

We strolled along the harbour and through the little alley ways until we found a beautiful view which was perfect for photos.


After stopping for a few photos, we continued our walk along the town and it was so blissfully quiet as it was around 10:30 in the morning so it was ideal before the crowds of tourists headed to all the shops.

Before our time was up, we managed to pop into a local café called Asteria Café for a refreshing drink and of course, a toilet break.


Ayios Nicolaos is such a beautiful town – a place that I would happily continue to explore as it is very inviting and picturesque.

Our next step was Elounda, a small fishing village which is now home to a selection of the fanciest resorts in all of Crete and oh wow, some of them are exceptionally beautiful. Here, we were transported from the coach and onto the boat for the rest of the day.

Just to be clear: we thought we would be on the boat from the very stop but due to a language barrier from the lady who sold us the trip, we didn’t know. Nevertheless, we had a great day.


The first stop of the boat was a small beach (no idea of the name), where we had the chance to swim the sea (I opted out), relax in the sunshine and enjoy the delicious BBQ which the crew very kindly cooked for us.

After an hour or so, we were back on the boat (there was a lot of stop-start-stop-start on this trip) and we headed to the Fortress of Spinalonga in which we spent just over an hour being given a guided tour and informed of the history behind the lepers.


The island was incredibly interesting and I’m not a fan of history at all, but this was my kind of tour – plenty of spots to take photos, beautiful views, lots of shaded places and the story behind the fortress was something I’d never heard about before.

Overall, it wasn’t really a boat trip was it?

That was a slight disappointment as we wanted a full day of swimming and relaxing on the boat but we felt like it didn’t really do that. Nevertheless, we had a really enjoyable day and a trip to Spinalonga should definitely be added to your list if you ever visit Crete.

EL xx
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4 thoughts on “A Day Trip To Spinalonga

  1. Ahhh what a great post! I’d love to visit Spinalonga – I read The Island by Victoria Hislop a few years ago and have wanted to visit ever since! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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