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Elounda Holidays

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Crete holidays

A picturesque corner of Crete

Visiting Elounda is a little like walking into a postcard thanks to its idyllic golden beach and impossibly pretty streets. This former fishing village on the northern coast of Crete is now a relaxed resort with plenty of atmosphere and more than enough going on to keep visitors busy, whether you’re on your own, in a couple or with the family.

Elounda holidays offer a choice of beautiful beaches, fascinating archaeological sites and worthy day trips, from the island of Spinalonga, which was once home to a leper colony, to the pretty village of Kritsa. The attractive harbour is where the main action happens on holidays to Elounda, with both locals and tourists gathering to eat, drink and watch the boats bobbing in the water. It’s yet another postcard-worthy scene – something you’ll become accustomed to during your time in this dreamy village.

Your Elounda questions, answered

Known for its cleanliness and calm waters, Elounda beach is a sunkissed spot that offers a range of facilities, including sunloungers and a children’s play area.
Head to Mount Oxa, where a fairly easy climb up to the summit will reward you with dramatic views of Elounda and the surrounding landscape.
Although not necessary for getting around Elounda itself, hiring a car puts destinations such as Plaka Beach and the town of Agios Nikolaos within easy reach.

Best things to do in Elounda

Hop around the harbour

Flitting between the many varied waterfront cafés, traditional tavernas and buzzy bars on Elounda’s peaceful harbour is the perfect way to while away an afternoon.

Head to Spinalonga

A short boat trip takes you to Spinalonga island – a visually captivating area that once housed a leper colony made famous by Victoria Hislop’s novel ‘The Island’.

Explore the peninsula

On the Spinalonga Peninsula to the south of Elounda, you’ll find the sunken city of Olous, small coves and numerous opportunities for swimming and hiking.