Crete is the largest island in Greece
, with numerous historical sites to see, the island attracts historians, archaeologists as well as sun-seekers. It has everything you could want of a Greek Island and is a good holiday destination. There are various choices of beach resorts
some more lively than others. One thing you should do if you are holidaying in Crete
is to hire a vehicle and explore some of the more remote unspoilt villages.
Elounda has a long and rich past, it is also known as Elouda, located in north eastern Crete it is now a popular holiday resort. The Venetians developed Elounda as a port in the 16th century, the town lies on the shores of a lagoon. If the light is right and the waters calm it is possible to see the walls of the ancient lost city of Olous.
On either side of the bridge you will find restored windmills and Venetian salt pans also a well-preserved dolphin mosaic.
Many of you will be staying in hotels and will want to spend some time by the pool there are a couple of small beaches if you want to enjoy the sun and the sea.
Temperatures in midsummer can be in excess of 38 degrees C if you are not a sun-worshipper you might prefer to visit the island in June or September. You can stroll around the town watch the fishing boats
on the harbour, look around the local souvenir shops and take some refreshments at one of the café terraces or tavernas.
There are boat trips to Spinalonga which is a main tourist attraction in this area; the Venetians built their defensive fortress when they occupied the island. It withstood Turkish invaders and was the last place in Crete to surrender to the Turks in 1715.From around 1903-1957 the fortress was turned in to a leper colony. The ruins of the town and the shells of houses which the lepers once inhabited can still be seen today. As you look around you can feel some of the desolation the unfortunate occupants must have felt in their enforced isolation on Spinalonga, it is a poignant place to visit.
If you are looking for accommodation in and around Elounda there are travel agents based around the main square who will be able to help you find an apartment or room. There are some good hotels in and around the resort and in nearby Agia Nicholaos.
Nightlife in Elounda tends to be fairly low-key catering around the cocktail bars, café terraces and restaurants/tavernas. You can enjoy an evening meal overlooking the harbour or near the square, behind the beach area at least one of the café/bars has live Greek music at weekends.
If you are seeking a more energetic night out Agia Nicholaos is approximately 5 miles away, here you will find numerous venues to use up some energy from music bars and discos most stay open until the early hours, just follow the crowds!
Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday, visiting archaeological and historical sites or a more energetic water sports with vibrant night life type of holiday Crete has something to suit most everyone. The nearest airport to Elounda is Heraklion which is approximately 30 miles from the town.