The most difficult thing about the Elounda resort is that you need to decide for a particular place where you will be staying. Elounda belongs to the best and the most luxurious Crete can offer - including plenty of green vegetation, peace for rest and relaxation, enough entertainment and many extra activities both in the resort and on the beaches.
Elounda and luxury
The world-famous hotel chains offering accommodation in Elounda are aware of the fact that luxury accommodation is not enough but that the guests also want to stay in luxurious environment, and so, they do everything they can so that Elounda would keep the touch of romanticism and its peaceful environment, and so satisfy all kinds of visitors. And it has to be said the visitors themselves confirm they are being successful - therefore on your visit in Elounda, you may meet hig-ranking politicians, members of royal families, financial magnates and worldwide known celebrities.
What to do in Elounda
The whole area surrounding Elounda is formed by one large lagoon situated between the coast and a huge, 5300 m long and between 500 m to 2 km wide promontory. The Elounda lagoon, i. e. the distance from the resort to the promontory, is about 1 500 m wide In the past, the promontory was connected to the mainland - in the 19th century, a water channel was dug out between the promontory and the mainland, and today the connection is ensured by a narrow bridge.
If you want to know the beauty not only of the Elounda lagoon but also its surroundings, you can go from Elounda in the direction of Agios Nikolaos. From the top part of the path, you will have a view all over the Mirabelo bay (which is about 15 km wide), up to the resort of Mohos. In the east and the south-east, you can see the Orno and the Triptis mountain ranges, including the highest peak of the area, Afendis Stavromenos (1476 m).
Where else to go on Crete?
Some of the most visited resorts on Crete are: Adelianos Kampos, Agia Fotia, Agia Galini, Agia Marina, Agia Pelagia, Agios Nikolaos, Achlia, Amoudara (West of Heraklion), Analipsi, Anissaras, Bali, Damnoni, Erimoupoli, Ferma, Fodele, Galini, Georgioupolis, Gouves (Kato Gouves), Heraklion, Hersonissos, Chania, Ierapetra, Kavros, Elounda, Kalamaki, Kissamos, Kokkini Hani, Kolymbari, Lygaria, Makrigialos, Maleme, Malia, Matala, Mirtos, Missiria, Paleochora, Panormos, Perivolia, Pigianos Kambos, Plakias, Platanias (Chania), Rapaniana, Rethymno, Sissi, Skaleta, Stalida - Stalis, Stalos, Stavromenos and Stavros,
History of Elounda region
The region including the Elounda resort is where the ancient town of Olous used to be located. Except a few remains that have been preserved on the edge of the promontory, most of the town´s remnants are located below the sea level, yet still well visible and recognizable.
Where is Elounda located?
Elounda is located approximately in the middle of the eastern part of the island, about 12 km north of Agios Nikolaos and 87 km west of Sitia. For more distance, see the link. If you travel by car, the fastest way to go to Elounda is on the new road to Agios Nikolaos, and from there about 12 km north. The resort surroundings are also very well accessible by public bus transport.