Elounda, a distinguished resort area, 11km north of Agios Nikolaos, at the north-east part of Crete, is noted for its coves and rocky coastlines as well as for the beautiful village of Elounda itself, the fishing harbour, the sunken city of Olous and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. The village of Elounda is near the sea, with indented coastline, shaded beaches, crystal clear seas, and a tranquil and heavenly environment and has a view of peaceful Elounda Bay and Spinalonga. The village has a number of restaurants and tavernas and many quality hotels are near by.
Elounda is a vibrant village with a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere!
The tiny island of Spinalonga, or 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.
The plot has a facade of 49m to the sea and 25m to a communal road ans is suitable for residential use.
Water, electricity and sewage are available in a close distance.
Above sea level the house enjoys wonderful ocean breezes and incredible sunsets !
This beautiful property has many great features and is being offered at an excellent price!
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.
Elounda is a popular holiday destination offering a full range of accommodation including quiet hideaway village houses, simply furnished apartment blocks, small studios, a variety of hotel grades from basic to five star pampering, luxury villas, suites and more. In addition, many of the larger luxury hotels on the Mirabello Side of the canal offer comprehensive conference facilities for organised business groups.
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.
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 hotels sit.