Known for its magnificent natural beauty, the stunning Crete resort of Elounda is the place to be for holidays with ultimate relaxation, outstanding weather and fun-filled days out. A fascinating history and fabulous beach, with a sprinkling of nightlife and a helping of child-friendly activities make the perfect recipe for a family holiday in Elounda, and it's as popular with couples and groups of friends too.
Situated on the northern coast of the island, you can take advantage of the fantastic sunny temperatures and make a play for the main beach, Elounda Beach. Elounda is an ideal Greek getaway if you want to top up your tan but don't forget to pack sunscreen in your suitcase, because it can get up to 28°C during summer! If sunbathing isn't your thing, there's a wide range of beach watersports to take part in, so why not engage in a few aqua adventures such as snorkelling and diving to see the island from a different point of view.
Elounda is a great holiday destination for history buffs. Two of the most important archaeological sites include the ancient city of Olous and the Venetian fortress on Spinalonga Island. Admire the intricate architecture and you'll notice the influences of the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman empires. More of Crete's rich history can be found at The Palace of Knossos - under half an hour away from Elounda, prepare to be amazed by the ancient ruins dating back to 1900 BC.
Foodies will love to take an excursion to the picture-perfect hillside village of Plaka, where you'll find lots of locally farmed olives and wine as well as tavernas for relaxing lunches. Agios Nikolaos is also a beautiful coastal resort where you can explore more of the region's rich history on your Elounda holiday. The town is built on a lake and has a trendy cosmopolitan feel to it, making it hugely popular with tourists looking for something spectacular. What's more, it's less than 20 minutes away from Elounda!
Or, make a day of it and head to the thrilling Aquaplus Water Park if you're looking for fun for all the family. Located in Hersonissos, it's the largest waterpark in Crete and you'll love the choice of extreme water rides as well as the gorgeous garden filled with beautiful exotic flowers. If you're really keen to have a memorable adventure on your Elounda getaway, you can take a day trip to the majestic Dikti Mountains and admire the stunning views.
Elounda offers holidaymakers a low-key nightlife. In the evening, head to the main square and enjoy the bars and live music. If you're really looking to paint the town red, you can head to the bustling resort of Agios Nikolaos, where you can dance the night away in the trendy cocktail bars surrounding Lake Voulismeni. But before that, you need to re-fuel - and dinner is an absolute delight in Elounda. Stroll along the pretty harbour and you'll find quaint restaurants serving freshly caught fish, or Elounda's main square has a fantastic range of eateries with everything from international cuisine to fast food to tempt your taste buds. Or, for a truly authentic Greek experience, why not head to the traditional tavernas and sample the local delicacies along with a refreshing glass of Cretan wine. Bliss!
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Things To Do
Holidays in Elounda are mainly about relaxing and taking in the atmosphere at the harbour. Still, there's plenty of water based action to be had in the form of watersports, snorkelling and diving. And, if you fancy some sightseeing, don't miss a boat trip to historic Spinalonga Island, or a visit to the spectacular Palace of Knossos. For a change of scenery, sail off on a day trip to stunning Santorini. If you're in search of thrills and spills, book and an excursion to one of Cretes excellent water parks. For families and couples, the nightlife scene in Elounda offers the perfect mix. In the evenings, the square comes alive with atmospheric pavement cafes and music bars, but there's nothing too rowdy. If you want to step things up a notch and have a loud, late night, hop in a cab to busy Agios Nikolaos, 10km away.
Food & Drink
Theres no shortage of places to eat and drink in Elounda. Around the harbour, its all catch of the day, whilst the main square has a great mix of restaurants, offering everything from fast food to international eateries and Greek cuisine. It's worth taking a trip to hillside village Plaka, where locally farmed olives and wine and traditional tavernas are in abundance.