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Elounda is a city on Crete.

Get in

Flights are available to Heraklion (IATA: HER ICAO: LGIR) from many European countries and via Athens from U.S.A. Drive on E74 to Agios Nikolaos (70km) and then turn for Elounda.

Elounda is 80 km from Heraklion Airport and the journey time to Elounda is 60 - 75 minutes by car or taxi.

By Bus: A local bus service [1] with modern air conditioned buses is available.. Take a bus to Agios Nikolaos and get connecting bus to Elounda.

By Ferry: Major ferry lines operate to the port of Herakleion, connecting with bus services at the main bus station near to the port. Ferries run to the nearby town of [Agios Nikolaos] via LANE lines [2] from Pireaus and Rhodes.

Get around

Car rental is available. Good and modern public transport is provided by the KTEL bus company.

By Foot Elounda is a cosmopolitan town/village with a small fishing port. It has several sandy beaches all in walking distance from the centre (square)

The square has many bars,restaurants and fast food businesses. You can even find a few kafenions here the real traditional watering holes.

Elounda's fishing port also offers boat trips to the nearby Island of Spinalonga (Kalidon) which in the past was used as a leper colony.

Near the main beach a little way from the square is a children's play area. There are shops, bars and restaurants close by. The beach has been awarded the blue flag.

Near to this beach there is also boat trips and one boat called the Shark's Eye has a glass bottom and is a hydrofoil.

If you walk back through the square to the other will see a street going up a bank. You probably came down this street on your coach. On this street there are shops, bars, restaurants and Jewellery shops, Fashion shops, tourist shops, and even a couple of night clubs.

Going further up this street you will see a cut going down to the left. You will see a sign saying "Sanken City Of Olous"(yes sanken) This was the original Elounda many questions are being asked about this city "was Olous the real Atlantis from Myths and Legends ?" As you walk along the causeway you may still see some of the walls of the city in the water. Keep walking and you will come across a small beach, with a large old stone building at the end of it. This building was origanally built as a storage building. Keep walking along and to you right you will see some old windmills. Here is a beautiful spot over the bridge a small canal with fishing boats to the side. You will also see the original stone bridge now broken. This Canal was built by the French many many Years ago. There are many things to see this side of the bridge .......and if you are fit and can put up with the heat even a beautiful fine white sand beach.

Going back towards Elounda after you have walked back over the causway turn right and keep walking along the seafront. You will pass beautifuly placed restaurants and Taverna's. Maybe this is a good time to stop have something to eat or just a cold glass of beer. Well keep walking and you are back in the centre again.


  • Spinalonga Island, the setting for the bestseller "The Island" by Victoria Hislop. Spinalonga Island is easily accessed by boat from Elounda and the small village of Plaka.
  • The island of Spinalonga (Kalidon) has captured the imagination of many throughout its long history. Since millenia past, artists, musicians and authors have romanticised and wrote about this island. It is pne of the most visited tourist attractions on Crete, and thousands of visitors walk along the narrow streets through the village on Spinalonga each year. Actually the name 'Spinalonga', which means 'Long Thorn', came from the Venitians after a small island near Venice. The official name is Kalidon, but so well known is its former name that even the sign posts and the boats that take you to the the island will call it only by its Venetian name.
  • Salt Pans 15th century salt evaporation pans which were still in use until the early 1970's.
  • Canal Built by French engineers to ease trade between Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.


  • Elounda Village, Various. Visit the fishing village of Elounda. It is a cosmopolitan village with many shops and beautifully situated restaurants


Buy a trip on The Shark's Eye Boat Tour

If you come to Elounda you may see a strange looking vessel floating around the small pier of Elounda. This amazing looking boat is called the SHARK'S EYE a glass bottomed boat. But it's not just any ordinary glass bottomed boat it's a hydrofoil with neck braking speed it takes you on a voyage of luxury and adventure above and below the waves.


  • Ergospasio Restaurant, Elounda Main Road. The food is fantastic the surroundings have a cosmopolitan feel. You are surrounded by luxury and comfort. The service is offered with a smile and with true professionalism.
  • Lotus Eaters, On Sea-Front Road Near Causway. A beautiful family run taverna with excellent food and professional service, spectacular views, a place to relax and enjoy the flavours of Elounda.



  • Blue Palace Resort & Spa, P.O. Box 38, 72 053 Elounda Crete, tel: +30 28410 65500, fax: +30 28410 89712, e-mail: [email protected] [3] Beautifully situated between the coast of Elounda and Spinalonga Island, this luxury hotel was named a 2008 Gold List Hotel by Condé Nast Traveler and offers 251 guest rooms including bungalows, suites and villas, some with private infinity pool. Five restaurants, including award winning L'Orangerie; spa, private beach, water sports and private boat.

Around about 27 Hotels are listed in and around Elounda

Domes of Elounda Elounda Blue Bay Hotel Porto Elounda Deluxe Resort Aquila Elounda Village Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel Elounda Mare Hotel Minos Palace Hotel Elounda Aqua Sol Resort St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas Minos Beach art Hotel Elounda Ilion Hotel Hermes Hotel Crete Elounda Akti Olous Elounda Palm Hotel Mikrovillage Hotel Candia Park Village Blue Marine Resort & Spa Hotel Villa Sapphire (Zafira) Elounda Villa Elounda Carob Tree Valley Villas Aquasol Hotel Elounda Galaxy Iraklio Hotel

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