Recent Searches
Clear
Spinalonga
Spinalonga

Spinalonga

Free admission
Elounda Bay

The Basics

Spinalonga is a popular tourist attraction, known for its archaeological site and fortress (once used as a Turkish bastion and leper colony), shallow pools formerly used to harvest sea salt, and pretty pebble beaches along clear waters. You can reach the island by boat trip from Plaka, Elounda, and Agios Nikolaos, but by far the best way to visit the island’s archeological site is with an expert tour guide. Many full-day Spinalonga tours include other nearby highlights like the so-called “bottomless lake” in Agios Nikolaos and the beautiful beaches on Kolokytha, and some offer a BBQ lunch. If you’re a more adventurous visitor, choose a tour that pairs a ride through the countryside on a 4x4 with a private speedboat trip to the island.

Show all
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
star-4.5
$40.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worthwhile day trip - a must
Worth the money - Agios Nikolaos & Spinalonga Island not forgetting Elounda. To have all three in one with different aspects of things to see and do was thoroughly enjoyable and caters for different needs. Brilliant
Adetokunbo_J, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Heraklion

star-4
Beautiful Boat Excursion
Korina_C, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
We opted to stay on the boat rather than tour Spinalonga in the heat! Roman, the guide, and the captain were very accommodating and we got to have the boat to ourselves for a few hours! It was so nice to just be relaxing on the boat. I wish I could swim because I was so envious of those that could just jump off the boat to swim.
star-4
Beautiful sites but could be better organized
Victoria_S, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
Spinalonga island had amazing views and was definitely our favorite part of the trip. The pickups could have been better organized though, we were the first ones to be picked up and it took over 3 hours to get to our final destination. Also there were a LOT more people than we expected, around 80 total people on the excursion. It didn’t feel particularly personal or unique but was a convenient way to see all three sites without your own rental car.
star-4
Fun day trip
Ryan_M, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
Great guides and loved the scenic sites and history. The only disappointing part was all of the pick ups. We were not able to be picked up at our hotel and had to make about 8-10 stops along the way which added to the commute time.
star-5
Great tour
John_D, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
The tour to Agios Nicholas and Spinalonga was amazing. roman did a great job and was amazing and had a great wealth of information .
star-5
Great day out!!!!
Nitinchandra_S, May 2022
Spinalonga and Milatos Cave (Safari Adventure Excursion & private Speedboat)
We had a wonderful day and our guide Emanuel was fantastic. He explained to us the culture of Crete and was very knowledgeable. We wished the speed boat ride lasted a bit longer. Overall great experience.
star-5
The best day has by all
Catia_V, Jul 2022
PRIVATE Spinalonga, Ag Nikolaos, olive oil factory incl Boat
Wow what a fantastic day we had! First of all Tania is simply one of the loveliest people you can ever meet, and is friendly, attentive and it very much felt like we were being shown around by a family member (in the best way). Super knowledgeable and seeing as I love history and the Greek myths, Tania took the time to explain a lot of things and places to us which was so interesting. The island is beautiful and Tania showed us some great landmarks. We also went to Spinalonga Island which was very cool and has an interesting backstory albeit a little sad. We also visited the olive oil factory which we loved as we had one of the members of staff privately taking us around and showing us the process from 2000yrs back to present day, and partial to a bit of shopping i of course purchased a few things :) We also managed to find a little time to visit a lovely little beach so my little one could enjoy the waves and really had a great time. I would highly recommend this tour with Tania, she goes above and beyond to ensure that you are comfortable and enjoying your day and she will tailor make some of the day for you if there’s a special or specific place you’d like to see. A very well deserved 5 stars! Kalispera
star-5
Fabulous day! Thank you
Camille_P, May 2022
PRIVATE Spinalonga, Ag Nikolaos, olive oil factory incl Boat
We had a fabulous time with our guide, Taïna. From the first 5 minutes in the minibus Taïna was finding out our interests in order to personalise the tour to us. We had a quick stop at a monastery en route that was not planned, and even stopped on the side of the road to look and smell the local herbs and flowers. Spinalonga was great, Taïna left us to visit this ourselves but gave us alot of background and stories surrounding the island both before and after the visit. She recommended a fantastic restaurant in Plaka and we ate delicious fresh fish. The olive factory was fantastic and if only our suitcases were big enough to take more home! Thank you so much Taïna. We had a fantastic day
star-4
Heraklion to Spingalonga
Colin_W, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
Reasonably priced and an enjoyable day trip. Starting in Heraklion, there were numerous pickups, making the journey to Agios Nikolaos the best part of two hours. The use of more minibuses from hotels to connect with the coach on the main road would be an improvement. Time allowed to explore Agios Nikolaos was about right. Perhaps less time in Elounda and more time on the island of Spinalonga would improve the day further. Overall, a day trip well worth considering.
star-5
Great and relaxing day on Crete
Evelyn, Aug 2021
Spinalonga and Milatos Cave (Safari Adventure Excursion & private Speedboat)
Great tour guide and small group. The visit to Spinalonga was nive as we had speed boat and did not have to wait in the heat. Cretan lunch in the small local tavern was very tasty.
star-5
Amazing day out!
SaoMai, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
Amazing trip! Loved the scenery from the bus and the swim at the beach and in the sea! Worths your money as it’s well organised. Thanks Viator for a memorable day!
star-4
Great day out
Reece_C, Aug 2021
Spinalonga, full day professional guided coach & boat & lunch included
Overall the day was excellent. Some points that aren't mentioned above are that you also get to spend around 2 hours in Elounda after the trip to Spinalonga and then around an hour in Agios Nikolaos and a short time in a olive oil factory in Malia. There was no BBQ lunch as stated but they handed out sandwiches, snacks and drinks and even a cheeky shot of ouzo on the boat back from Spinalonga. Oi oi.  It was great how they just let you do your own thing and wasn't hearded around like cattle by some shepherd with a clipboard. Overall the day was fantastic value for money and we would definitely recommend it. ****
star-5
Fantastic day trip to Spinalonga
Joanne_P, Jun 2022
Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island
We booked a Viator tour due to our TUI tour being cancelled. We are glad we did. Our tour consisted of 8 people with our guide Roman. He was very informative and spoke clearly about where we’re were going for the day. Being a smaller trip we did not have the waiting around as a large coach group would have. We went to Aghios Nicklaus first and the Elounda and then to Spinalonga. We would definitely recommend this trip.
We perform checks on reviews

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Spinalonga is for day-trippers only: There are beaches for taking a dip and a small snack bar on the island, but no accommodations.

  • Don’t forget a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water to stave off Crete’s summer heat.

  • Tours do not include the entrance fee for the Spinalonga archaeological site and fortress.

  • The fortress and archaeological site have stairs and uneven ground, and are not suitable for wheelchair users.

  • Older children enjoy touring the abandoned fortress, but infants must be carried as the site is difficult to visit with a stroller.

Show all

How to Get There

The island of Spinalonga lies 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Heraklion in Greece’s Mirabello Bay. To access the fort, you need to take a ferry or boat tour from Plaka or Elounda.

Show all

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Heraklion

How to Spend 3 Days in Heraklion


When to Get There

Spinalonga is most crowded in summer, which is also when the heat can be hard to manage. Plan your day around visiting the archaeological site in the early morning or late afternoon, and staying cool at the beach during the hottest time of day.

Show all

Spinalonga in Books and Movies

Spinalonga has been the setting for a number of books and movies—most famously the 2005 novelThe Island by Victoria Hislop, which was adapted into a Greek television series.

Show all
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Spinalonga?
Q:
What else should I know about attractions in Heraklion?
A:
As well as visiting the Spinalonga, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: