Elounda located in Mirabello Bay is an ideal destination for visitors who want to spend their holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated. Pretty beaches with crystal clear waters, restaurants and traditional tavernas, picturesque alleys and of course the small harbor with the colorful fishing boats are some of the highlights of the village.
MEMORIES FROM THE PAST
During your stay visit the Spinalonga Island or just "The Island" according to Viktoria's Hislop book. During venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defense purposes and a fort was built there. Spinalonga has also been used as a leper colony in the recent years. Today, the uninhabited island is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Crete with small pebble beaches and shallow waters.
Every day from Elounda port, small boats offering trips to the historic island of Spinalonga or delightfully and relaxed Fishing Trips so that you can feel the past.
Olous or Olounda
THE ANCIENT CITY
Elounda has a rich history beginning with the ancient city of Olous or Olounda.
Ancient Olous was located on the site known as Poros, around the narrow strip of land connecting Elounda to the peninsula of Κolokytha opposite. At some point the ancient city sank into the sea. Olous was one of the most powerful trading centers in Crete. The city had a population of 40,000, its own king, and its own currency.
On a calm day, you still can see the ruins under the water. This underwater metropolis provides a happy hunting-ground for snorkelers and divers.
WANDER THE ALLEYS
For your entertainment, Elounda offers multiple options.
Enjoy your cocktail in one of the many cafes or bars located in the village square and your meal in one of the many tavernas, all with the sea view.
If you are in the mood for something even more picturesque, visit the village of Plaka just 2 minutes away from Elounda where you can take a walk or enjoy your dinner overlooking the Spinalonga.