Elounda is a pretty fishing village in east Crete, north of Agios Nikolaos and south of the seaside resort of Plaka in Crete.
It is an ideal destination for people who want a seaside holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated, having a spectacular coastline,
shaded beaches, crystal clear seas, archeological interest.
Probably the first thing you’ll do when you arrive in Elounda is to take a walk around the central town.
Walk along the harbour to the east and you’ll pass some of Elounda’s popular tavernas before you come to the main beach.
If you walk south along the harbour front, you’ll be rewarded with some of the town’s more exclusive restaurants overlooking the bay.
Don’t forget to take a boat trip to Spinalonga which is is a former leper colony from 1905 to 1957.
Sufferers from Greece were forcibly relocated
to the island in an attempt to stop the spread of the leprosy.
The leper colony on Spinalonga was closed in 1957, some years after a cure was found for the terrible disease.
The town of Agios Nikolaos is approximately 10km south of Elounda and it is a good choice if you’re looking for somewhere a bit more lively for a night out.
Of course, you must visit the famous Great Palace of Knossos which is 75 km from Elounda Beach.
Renowned as the location of the mythical labyrinth, Knossos Palace is just south of Heraklion.
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If you want to stay within walking distance of stunning beaches, fabulous tavernas and bars then choose among hotels and villas in Elounda village area.
Elounda itself isn’t very big and you can easily walk everywhere if you base yourself near the main beach or harbour.
For excellent views across the bay, we recommend staying in a hotel or villa on the hill overlooking the town.
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit special, another option for those who want to get away from everything is to choose to stay in one of the many luxury hotels in Elounda on the road to Plaka.
From Heraklion Airport or Port to Elounda is just over an hour’s drive. Take the National Road east to Agios Nikolaos and turn left to Elounda just before entering the town.
By ferry: Major ferry lines operate to the port of Herakleion. You could book your ferry tickets here.
There are frequent buses from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos and then to Elounda Village.
The route from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda is one of the loveliest in Crete, due to the view of the coastline and Mirabello Bay.
Allow approximately 2.5 hours to get to Elounda from Rethymno Town and 3-3.5 hours from Chania Town.