Places near Chiona
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.
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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.
Olous or Olus is an ancient, sunken city situated at the present day town of Elounda, 7km far from Agios Nikolaos.This place was settled in an organized fashion from Minoan times. Olous was one of the most important of the hundreds of cities of ancient Crete with more than 30,000 inhabitants.
It was located on the Isthmus where the island of Hersonissus, opposite, unites with the main land mass of Crete. During ancient times, the isthmus was wider and at a higher level. It was cut off during 1897-98 by the French during their command of Mirambello, shortly before Crete became self governed.
The governmental system, or rules of law, of Olous, was a type of democracy. Here they worshiped the gods Tallaios, Zeus, Apollo and Vristomartis, the latter to whom a temple was dedicated. To honor them, they used to do the "talladutes" games in the nude, and also the "vristmatia" games. They also worshipped Hesculapius who had saved the town from an unknown disease that had plagued the Oloudians.
According to the narrations of various travelers of ancient times, we learn that the inhabitants had a social and professional level of development. From inscriptions that have been found, it is suggested that they were engaged in trade, with maritime affairs and in crushing shells to make colours and paints. They were also involved in the mining of whetting stones.
Olous disappeared either because of a landslide or as a result of the large earthquake of 780 A.D. Many ancient artifacts and inscriptions have been discovered from here, most of which are on display in the archaeological museum of Aghios Nikolaos, or at The Louvre.Olous used to have its own currency. Sborous accounts for eleven different types of coins, most of them depicting Vritomaris Artemis on the one side, and Zeus as an eagle, dolphin or star on the other.
The prosperity of Olounda continued on until the first Byzantine period. This fact is revealed by the church at Poros, with its great mosaic, which can be visited today, and by the church of Kolokytha with its beautiful white marble.At Leroklis, (the Book of Sinekdinos), you can find Olous under the name of Aligos. Darkness, however, shrouds the following years between the ninth and thirteenth centuries.
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