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  • Elounda is located 7 and a half miles north of Agios Nikolaos. It can be reached by car on a nice road along the Mirabello Bay. Its small port is surrounded by mountains, offering landscapes that are more pleasant than those of Heraklion. In the hinterland, it overlooks the Gulf of Mirabello and the panoramic view is remarkable.Off the port, the island of Spinalonga runs from north to south. Until ...
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  • This small port is located some 7 miles from the neighbouring town of Agios Nikolaos.
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  • The village is mostly known for its upscale hotels but has nevertheless managed to preserve its local charm.
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  • Boats leave all day long for excursions to the ancient stronghold from the port of Elounda.
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  • Fishermen in this small village continue to practice this traditional activity; here you can see the colourful boats docked at the port.
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  • A stroll along the quays is a good way to work up an appetite before enjoying a meal on one of the terraces.
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  • The village has managed to adapt itself to tourism without taking away from the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Greece

Elounda is located 7 and a half miles north of Agios Nikolaos. It can be reached by car on a nice road along the Mirabello Bay. Its small port is surrounded by mountains, offering landscapes that are more pleasant than those of Heraklion. In the hinterland, it overlooks the Gulf of Mirabello and the panoramic view is remarkable.
Off the port, the island of Spinalonga runs from north to south. Until it was discovered that leprosy was not contagious in the 1950s, it was here where they used to isolate lepers. The Venetians built one of the most imposing fortresses on the island of Crete, the last fortress to resist the invading Turks. Elounda is a region also known for its luxury hotels.

Elounda: what to do?

Many hotels offer tours through their respective tourism offices. In addition to scuba diving, the hotels suggest discovering the island of Spinalonga or the hinterland, the nature and villages, a haven of peace and serenity. You can also visit the monastery of Moni Areti and the city of Plaka.

On the island - From the visit of the ruins of the palace of Knossos, to the Minoan ruins of Festos and the palace of Malia, lovers of history will not run out of places to visit. You can also visit the famous Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which embraces the entirety of the Minoan civilization, or discover Fodele, the village where it is said that the painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos was born, better known by the name El Greco (1541-1614).

  • Its high quality hotel services
  • Its splendid scenery
  • Beaches

Reminders

If you arrive in the middle of summer, do not overload your luggage, and make sure to bring along light cotton clothes.

To avoid

Avoid making a call to the UK from your hotel room, otherwise the bill will be quite hefty. Opt for phone cards as there are telephone booths everywhere!

Elounda: what to eat?

Restaurants are in abundance here. Here you will find typical Cretan dishes such as gyros, Greek salad, slouvakia and moussaka.

Elounda: what to buy?

On the markets, you can find food, herbs, olive oil and Cretan cheese. In the shops, CDs of local music are sold. The raki is cherished as an institution, taste it and bring a bottle back for your friends.

Elounda Reviewedhotels
  • 9.0 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Blue Palace Resort and Spa
    Elounda - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    This luxury palace will take you on a heavenly journey. Located ...

  • 8.9 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Elounda Beach
    Elounda - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Elounda Beach appears as a small Cretan village by the water, ...

  • 8.9 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Elounda Peninsula
    Elounda - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The very exclusive Elounda Peninsula stands above the bay and ...

  • 8.75 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Elounda Mare
    Elounda - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    This is the only Relais & Châteaux in Greece. The Elounda Mare ...

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