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Elounda and Plaka are located
on the north east coast of the Greek island of Crete. They are
popular tourist destinations where summer visitors are able
to enjoy spectacular views of Spinalonga, numerous local beaches,
watersports and more.
Elounda boasts many hotels
and apartments, restaurants, bars and cafes, in addition to
a comprehensive range of shops to choose from.
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Elounda.info is aimed at the potential visitor to Crete
and those seeking basic information about Elounda (also referred to
on local maps as Elouda or Elounta) and Plaka and is intended to serve
as a brief introduction to the villages, amenities and local sites
Area: Elounda is a particualrly scenic resort
located on the North East coast of Crete, approximately 7km from the
bustling prefecture capital of Agios Nikolaos. Whilst Agios Nikolaos
sits on the western shores of the large Mirabello Bay, Elounda to
its north has its own almost enclosed bay approximately 5km by 2 km.
At the southern end of the bay a narrow canal cuts through an isthmus
giving access to Mirabello, whilst at its northern end sits the evocative
island of Spinalonga. The wider Elounda area essentially consists
of a number of small villages in close proximity. The area immediately
around the harbour and main shopping street is Schisma, with Kato
(lower) Elounda, Pano (high) Elounda, Kato Pines and Pano Pines in
order being progressively higher up the road after it passes the church
and heads into the hills. Mavrikiano sits overlooking the bay, yet
is still only a short walk from the centre. Leaving the centre and
following the coastline leads first to Tsifliki, a sleepy hamlet,
before reaching Plaka which sits opposite the island of Spinalonga.
History: The area of Elounda has been a population centre
for thousands of years and the sparce remains of the ancient
city of Olous are now under the sea close to the canal. Olous
was a Dorian city at its height during the half millenia BC,
frequently locked in a power struggle with the inland city of
Lato (located close to the village of Kritsa). Although only
a few walls now bear testament to the existence of Olous, the
name Elounda and its variations are directly related to that
of its ancient predecessor with Olous, Olondi and Spin Olous
morphing into the modern names of Elounda and Spinalonga.
Spinalonga: The tiny island of Spinalonga, or to give
it its true name Kalidon, is a popular excursion for tourists
staying as far afield as Malia and other large resorts on the
island. Its history is varied and reflective of Crete's turbulent
past, at times having been a Venetian fortress and in its saddest
incarnation as the last leper colony in Europe, the last sufferers
of the disease only leaving their exiled existence in the 1950s.
Most of the buildings from the various centuries remain and
it is a destination guaranteed to fill the visitor with both
awe and humility. Trip boats depart for the island from both
the harbour at Schisma and the quayside at Plaka.
Beaches and Watersports: Numerous beaches, with various
facilities abound in the area. The main beach is adjacent to
the harbour and just a two minute walk from the main shopping
centre (Odos Papandreou). Sunbeds and umbrellas are available
for those wishing to lounge away the day in the sun and watersports
are available including waterskiing plus ringo and banana rides
for those adventurous enough to take a speedy trip on the water.
The main beach has Blue Flag status and it is buoyed off to
protect swimmers from boats, as are most of the other manned
beaches. A lifeguard station sits at its centre. There are plenty
of other beaches in the immediate area from Plaka in the north
down to the southern side of the canal, where many of the luxury
Shopping: Elounda is a moderate sized village resort,
a far cry from the the large towns of Heraklion, Rethymnon and
Chania and the big tourist resorts such as Malia and Hersonissos.
It is large enough, however, to offer all necessary amenities
such as banks and ATMs, numerous shops selling most things including
groceries and provisions, books and newspapers, fishing tackle
and chandlery, gold and jewellery, clothing, souvenirs and toys.
There are also pharmacies in the village, should you need to
visit. A market predominantly selling food and clothing is held
every Friday morning on the road running in front of the church.
Dining Out: Elounda has a plethora of places to dine
out or enjoy a drink including traditional ouzeria, kafenio
and tavernas, modern bars and restaurants, located throughout
the centre and in the villages beyond.
Car Hire and Excursions: There are a number of local
companies offering car-hire, excursions and other travel and
tourism related services in the village.
Holiday Season: The height of the season in Elounda,
like most places on the island, is in the months of July and
August, when the weather is at its hottest with temperatures
frequently passing 40 degrees. May, June, September and October
are slightly cooler, although it is not uncommon on Crete to
find oneself only needing to wear short sleeves even in December!
Winter as such could be regarded as falling in the months following
Christmas, when the air can be damp and temperatures low.
Getting to Elounda: The closest airport to Elounda is
at Heraklion. During the season many flights depart from a wide
variety of European airports directly for Heraklion, although
independent winter visitors may need to be a little more creative
regarding routes and airlines in order to find the best deals.
Elounda is less than 80km from the airport by road and a direct
taxi journey will normally take about an hour. Tourist coaches
timings will vary according to the number of other drop off
points that they need to visit en-route.
Featured Holiday Offers: You can find some bargain local
holiday offers, staying in quality hotels and apartments, with
our featured advertiser. The accommodation and holidays featured
below are quoted per person, for apartment, Bed and Breakfast,
Half/Full Board, accomodation only or flight from specified
airport and accommodation. Calculations are made for the full
listed party size. Surcharges / supplements may apply.
Elounda, Elounta or Elouda; however you write the name
of the place, it is a beautiful location for the Crete visitor to
choose as a base for all or part of their island holiday. Approximately
an hour or so by car from Heraklion airport, it is a family friendly
resort that will appeal to holidaymakers of all ages. From the traditional
kafenion to stylish bars, from fishing boats to watersports and megayachts,
you'll find it all in Elounda. You can check out the local beaches,
enjoy a coffee overlooking the bay, stroll over to the peninsula,
take a boat trip to the historic island of Spinalonga, jump on a bus
to Agios Nikolaos or do some shopping in the many jewellery, clothing
and souvenir shops that Elounda and Plaka have to offer.
Elounda.info is published by Elounda77.net, the definitive
local directory, features and information site for the area, providing
online links to Elounda businesses since 2003. The Elounda.info site
forms part of the Make It Greece network and is intended to help you
learn more about this part of East Crete with pictures, travel guide,
visitor basics, shopping tips and more to be included in its pages.
We hope you find it to be of use and enjoy your visit to the largest
of the Greek islands just as much as we do. The 'Information' section
is for a brief introduction to Elounda and Plaka and the 'Hotels /
Holidays' page includes links to cheap deals for the visitor departing
from the UK aswell as specific local accommodation options. Business
updates and local news will be added to our 'Featured' section or
you can find excursion and entertainment ideas via 'See and Do' plus
various photos by clicking on the 'Pictures' link. If you want to
see a satellite view of the area, maps, third party links and more
then you should check the 'Maps / Resources' section aswell. The site
is added to on a regular basis so why not bookmark us now and don't
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