Places near Church
Elounda Beach and village is located 8 km north of Agios Nikolaos town, east Crete, Lassithi Prefecture and is one of our favourite beaches in Northeast Crete, it is relaxed and idyllic, yet located in a very interesting bay and village
The beach is kept clean and environmentally sound, so that it has been awarded a Blue Flag. Floating like a mermaid is easy in these crisp waters!
Most of the people that book a luxury hotel end up in or around Elounda. There are also quite some tourists that visit from nearby Agios Nikolaos to make use of the beaches, because there is a lack of good beaches inside Agios Nikolaos town. The picturesque setting of Elounda in the Bay of Mirabello was probably one of the reasons for the BBC Channel to choose the village as a setting for their series "Who Pays the Ferryman" in the seventies. There are many shops, kafenions and restaurants in Elounda and a lot of the people come to the village to make the boat trip to the Spinalonga Island to take a look at this former leper colony with its Venetian fortress.
Elounda is the most famous cosmopolitan location not only in the island of Crete but also in the entire Aegean Sea much acclaimed for its outstanding establishments in a magnificent natural enviroment. For these reasons, many of its fine hotels, proudly belong to the exclusive category of the Luxury Hotels of the World.
The lagoon of Elounda is shaped between the coast and a small peninsula of 7-8 km length that serves as a breakwater. Today, the peninsula is separated from the mainland by a channel that was dug by the French at the end of the 19th century. A narrow bridge joins the peninsula with the mainland.
The ancient city of Olous was situated in the area of Elounda. Some ruins of the city are preserved at the edge of the peninsula, but most of them are below sea level. The ancient history is visible on the seabed, magically connecting the rich past with the fascinating presence.
During summer, boats leave the harbour every hour, transporting visitors to the small islet of Spinalogna giving the chance to the passengers to stroll in a deserted leper colony with its Venetian Fortress.
Elounda is a dream location for a luxurious relaxing holiday, but also a very nice family holiday.
Crete, the warm embrace of Europe... The island which has been receiving the infuences of the mysterious East, the fascinating Africa and the multicoloured Mediterranean for thousands of years.
The land where the name Europe was heard for the first time..
In this magnificent island of extraordinairy beauty, in a small piece of land called Elounda, magical things have happened..
With unique architectural conception, in combination with the exquisite natural enironment, Elounda is now offering its visitors a galaxy of utter luxury.
Incredible five stars Hotels await to seduce even the most demanding guest.
Welcome to Elounda, the eternal destination of Kings, Prime ministers and Celebrities...
Holidays in Elounda
Holidays in Elounda are that magical mix of Greek island atmosphere, all mod-cons, plenty to do … and ample space to do nothing. A large and lively Cretan village, its main square is the hub of resort life, lined with shops and tavernas and looking out onto the little harbour. There are boat trips from here to haunting Spinalonga Island – just across the bay, and roads leading out to the fish tavernas of neighbouring Plaka or the bustling streets of Aghios Nicolaos, 12km away. Just beyond the square there's a sandy beach that's purpose built for sunbathing, and along the rocky shoreline are several pebble coves – perfect for crystal clear snorkelling. There are watersports centres at several hotels, so you can make the most of the briny. And everything comes in wrap-around stunning scenery.
With self-catering holiday complexes in and around the village, attractive A class hotels clinging to seafront slopes, and unadulterated luxury in several superb hotels – take a look at the Blue Palace Resort and Spa as a fantastic example – you'll find everything from top of the range to cheap holidays in Elounda. And if you're booking on the spur of the moment, there may well be last minute holiday bargains too.
Family-friendly hotels and tavernas, romantic venues ideal for couples, ample shops for leisurely browsing, and a good range of bars and eateries make Elounda a great all-rounder. It's one of our most popular Cretan resorts. Come on over … you'll soon see why.