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  1. Angela robinson
    February 6, 2019 @ 2:48 pm

    Great info me and my partner are thinking of staying in Santorini but also want to visit spinalonga we are finding it’s impossible to do that from Santorini is that the case ? Excuse me for being naive as not been before and never had to organise a holiday before myself
    Many thanks

    • Ali Garland
      February 7, 2019 @ 11:06 am

      Hi Angela! It looks like the closest airport to Spinalonga is Heraklion. I don’t see any direct flights from Santorini for the random date I picked, but there are flights that connect through Athens that don’t look too bad. Then you would need to decide where you want to stay near Spinalonga, since you can’t stay on the island itself. There’s a town called Plaka that looks to be a reasonable jumping off point for visiting Spinalonga, so that might be a good place to start looking at. It’s about an hour and a half by car from the airport (according to Google maps anyway) so you could ask your hotel about a private transfer or see if they can give you info about bus routes. I found a few day tours to visit the island, you can check them out here. And Crete is huge, so hopefully you’ll have time to see more of it! I hope this helps!

  2. Maria
    June 20, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

    Hi! I would also like to recommend a quite recent (I think) website for ferries: Ferryhopper. Just starting using it and it’s nice.

    • Ali Garland
      June 20, 2018 @ 5:19 pm


  3. Louise
    July 5, 2017 @ 9:15 am

    This has all been very helpful. I am putting together an itinerary to do a self drive trip, start and finish in Athens for 1 week, then 2 or maybe 3 islands the next week, early in September. Will get back to my travel buddy with some ideas.
    Thank you Ali

    • Ali Garland
      July 7, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

      Glad to help, Louise!

  4. Lynda
    June 6, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

    Perfect, I was just Googling options to the Greek islands the other day from mainland Greece!

    • Ali Garland
      June 6, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

      Awesome, Lynda! Have a great time in Greece!