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A large and lively Cretan village set in a superb location at the head of the peninsula of Spinalonga, connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, the small island of Spinalonga sits in the entrance of the bay and has a Venetian fortress.


Elounda is really a combination of several villages which have effectively merged. The whole area is a particularly scenic and although this former fishing village has grown to become an established favourite Cretan destination, it still possesses a certain relaxed charm with an attractive mix of old and new and a pretty colourful harbour.



A cosmopolitan crowd holiday in Elounda, including the wealthy with their yachts moored in the harbour, which is in another focal point of the resort, the harbour is full of life where the colourful fishing boats bob in the water as the local fishermen land the day's catch. The vibrant village square

is the hub of the resort, lined with open air bars and tavernas looking out onto the harbour, where there are boat trips to Spinalonga Bay - just across the bay; soak up the atmosphere sitting by a café bar harbour-side enjoying a drink or two watching the comings and goings of locals and visitors stepping ashore.


Just beyond the square there's Elounda beach with magnificent view of the mountains, its purpose built for sunbathing, it’s sandy and has crystal clear and shallow water, great for snorkelling, try and spot the ancient city of “Olous” which is visible on the sea bed.  Further along the rocky coast there are several pebble coves offering more isolation and privacy.

Elounda has retained all of its original Cretan charm and remains a tranquil spot in both early and late season; however in the height of the summer Elounda becomes a lively resort


Heraklion Airport to Elounda is approx 68Kms (42miles ) - 1hr 15mins by taxi

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