Imagine relaxing in peaceful surroundings, waking to bird songs and ocean whispers, all the while immersed in privacy, comfort, and nature!
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.
It is a vibrant village with a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere! Elounda is ideal for people who want a seaside holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated.
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.
The plot has a facade of 100m to a communal road ans is suitable for residential use. This land is perfect for building a 200m≤-villa or two houses of 100m≤ each.
Around the plot there is a paved path.
Water, electricity and sewage are available in a close distance.
Above sea level the house enjoys unobstructed, wonderful ocean breezes and incredible sunsets !
Another great opportunity in Crete, to own your very own slice of paradise at a fraction of the price! The privileged location and its close proximity to the port, beach and sea is an advantage that should not be underestimated and a not insignificant element of the true value.
Elounda is located in east Crete, north of Agios Nikolaos and south of the seaside resort of Plaka.
Elounda was once a picturesque fishing village in the lovely Mirabello Bay. The inhabitants lived from farming, fishing, salt extraction from the Venetian saltpans, and emery mining.
In the hills around Elounda is found a mineral unique to Greece, “akonopetra” or whetstone, a type of fine emery used to make whetstones and emery paper to hone tools used in many different jobs. The emery of Elounda had long been known in Europe by the name of “Turkey stones” or “Naxos stone”.
Once discovered by tourism, Elounda developed into a resort famous for its beautiful scenery and the luxury hotels which are still being built in the area. It is said to be the place with the most five-star hotels in Greece
The former Prime Minister of Greece Andreas Papandreou was particularly fond of Elounda and came here on holiday at least once a year. He introduced it to French President Mitterand and Libyan leader Gaddafi, while Elounda was also a favourite resort of Kostas Simitis, another more recent Greek Prime Minister.
Apart from politicians, Elounda often welcomes Arab princes with their large families, film and music stars, Russian tycoons and other VIPs from all over the world. This is also part of its magic, as many people dream of spreading their towel on the
The main beach of Elounda is right next to the harbour and car park, in the centre of Elounda.
The beach is organised, with umbrellas, sun loungers and a lifeguard, while all around you will find cafeterias, restaurants and hotels
The east beach of Elounda
This beach is at the east end of Elounda, near the isthmus leading to the Kolokytha Peninsula.
ItĘs an organised beach but smaller than the main one.
You can get to the olokytha Peninsula by crossing the narrow isthmus with the windmills and walking along the dirt track to the small church of Agios Loukas.
The road is passable for most cars, as long as they have good clearance and are not overloaded.
A small path after the church leads to the small beach of Kolokytha. ItĘs only a short walk away so itĘs not tiring to get to.
The beach isnĘt organised and the only shade here is under two or three tamarisk trees. ItĘs fairly empty if you come before noon or after 3 in the afternoon. In between, the tour boats come from Spinalonga and the peace and quiet is broken by loud music.
To the left (northwest) of the beach, where the boats moor, there are only flat rocks where you may meet a few nudists.
Other beaches near Elounda
A few kilometres north of Elounda is the wonderful Driros or Dreros Beach with pine trees going down to the sea.
There are loungers on the beach and a cafeteria with little tables on a wooden jetty.
ItĘs sheer bliss to drink your coffee here, gazing at the view of Elounda Bay and Spinalonga Island opposite.
There are also various watersports on offer on Driros Beach.
If you continue on a bit past Driros, you will come to Plaka and its two beaches.
In Elounda you will find small, pretty beaches, visit the island of Spinalonga is only applied to the islet, but the Venetians used it to include the large peninsula of Nissi or Kolokytha, which is connected to Elounda by a narrow isthmus.
Apparently Kolokytha used to be joined to Spinalonga (which is why it shared the same name), but in 1526 the Venetians cut a canal between the two, forming this small island.
This information comes from the Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli, but it may not be true. However, the islet is only 170 metres from Kolokytha and the water is shallow, so perhaps the Venetians did indeed carry out this project to form an impregnable island fortress.
The name Spinalonga appeared around the 13th century, bestowed by the Venetian conquerors, who, unfamiliar with Greek, corrupted the place-name “Stin Olounda” (“at Olounda”), originally to Spinalonde (13th century) and later to Spinalonga. It is no coincidence that the small island of Giudecca near Venice was also known as Spinalonga.
According to another interpretation the name of the island is derived from its shape, like a long thorn (spina longa), but this theory is not widely held.
Much later, in 1957, another name, Kalydon, was proposed for the island, in an unsuccessful attempt to replace the Latinate Spinalonga with a Greek namewalk along the peninsula of Kolokytha (the word means “gourd” or “pumpkin”), and explore the many little villages far from the sea, offering a window into times gone by.
Elounda is not for those looking for a hectic nightlife, nor for those who prefer the isolated beaches of southern Crete.
You might think that with so many luxury hotels, Elounda is the priciest place in Crete for a holiday. ItĘs a reasonable assumption, but not true.
Prices in Elounda are much like those in the rest of Crete. WeĘre not talking about prices at a luxury hotel, but in the smaller hotels, apartments for rent, restaurants and cafeterias.
How to get to Elounda
From Agios Nikolaos to Elounda. There are frequent buses from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda, while it will take you about 15 minutes to drive there in your car. The route from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda is one of the loveliest in Crete, due to the view of the coastline and Mirabello Bay.
From Heraklion to Elounda is just over an hourĘs drive. Take the National Road east to Agios Nikolaos and turn left to Elounda just before entering the town.
Allow approximately 2.5 hours to get to Elounda from Rethymno and 3-3.5 hours from Chania.