This upmarket resort is known for its sheltered bay, spectacular scenery and relaxed atmosphere. It's the perfect spot for those whose ideal holiday is sitting in a café watching the world go by. If you feel like exploring, there are small and pretty beaches and the famous island of Spinalonga is a short boat ride away.
Local Markets and Shopping
The centre of Elounda has a selection of convenient mini markets for day to day essentials. In nearby Aghios Nikolaos, you'll find a wider choice of boutiques selling locally produced crafts plus supermarkets for stocking up.
Bars and Restaurants
Around the harbour, you can take your pick from a choice of restaurants and bars serving fresh fish and other local Cretan specialties. The waterfront in Agios Nikolaos is a lovely spot for some Greek meze or a light bite. You'll also find a selection of restaurants around Lake Vouilismeni in the heart of Agios Nikolaos.
There are a number of small beaches which can be accessed via public paths through the grounds of the hotels. The beach in Elounda is a man-made sandy beach with a few tavernas close by.
You can take a glass bottomed boat trip and try and spot the Caretta caretta turtles.
Places of Interest
Spinalonga Island is a former fortress built by the Venetians which became a leper colony in the 20th century. You can visit this atmospheric spot, captured in Victoria Hislop's novel, The Island by taking a 25 minutes boat ride.