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Travel – Elounda – a small fishing town which is on the northern coast of the island of Crete, Greece




Elounda is a city in Crete (Elounda is also known as Elounta or Elouda). It is a small fishing town located on the northern coast of the island of Crete, Greece. Elounda is part of the municipality of Agios Nikolaos. The town has a fishing port and has several sandy beaches easily reachable from the centre square. This port also offers boat trips to the island of Spinalonga. Further, there is a small sandy beach called Elounda in this city. On the Visit to Elounda & Spinalonga Island, there are Kritsa’s tourist shops from where one can buy some local hand woven linens, rugs, tablecloths and handicrafts.

Attractions of Elounda and around:
• Spinalonga Island: This Island is across the causeway from Elounda. This island is accessible by a boat from Elounda and the small village of Plaka. It is a popular tourist attraction in Crete. The name ‘Spinalonga’, means ‘Long Thorn’ that came from the Venitians, which is named after a small island near Venice. Kalidon is the official name. There is a fortress that was built on this island to protect the port of ancient Eloundians. Spinalonga Island is an archaeological site.
• Salt Pans: This is a 15th century site which had salt evaporation pans. These pans were used until the early 1970’s.
• Canal: This was built by the French engineers to ease trade between Elounda and Agioas Nikolaos.
• Elounda Village: This is a fishing village with many shops and beautifully situated restaurants too.
• Agios Nikolaos is a city or a coastal town on the island of Greek of Crete. The city lies to the east of the capital, Heraklion and to the north of lerapetra and to the west of sitia. This town is capital of Lasithi. The three faces to the sea of this town are The Lake & port, Kitroplatia beach and the Marina.

Beaches:
• Ammos (sandy public beach by the marina)
• Kitroplatia is the town centre (shingle & sand) beach.
• Ammoudi and Havania beaches (on the way to Elounda).
• Almiros & Ammoudara (sandy beaches with organized facilities, about 2.5 km east of Agios Nikolaos)
• Istron/Kalo Horio – 2 good beaches (10 km),
• Plaka pebble beach (16 km).

Golf: There are 2 golf courses in Crete; one is a 9-hole course and the other an 18-hole course. The first is available about 10 km from Agios Nikolaos located at the Porto Elounda resort. The other is the Crete Golf Club with full facilities golf course that is about 45 km (about 30 minutes drive) from Agios Nikolaos, between Hersonissos & Kastelli.
• Plaka village: This village is about 15 km from Agios Nikolaos. This has fish tavernas, cafes and a crystal clear pebble beach.
• Lake Voulismeni: This is a small lake which connects to the sea. It is situated at the centre of the town of Agios Nikolaos on the Greek island of Crete. The diameter of the lake is about 137 m and depth is about 64 m. This lake is connected to the harbour of the town with a channel. There is a small park around it. This lake is popular for the fireworks celebrations that happen on Orthodox Christian Easter day.
• The Cretan diet: This is a traditional local diet of the Mediterranean island of Crete, also called “Mediterranean diet” which is very popular in the place.
• The Archaeological Museum: This is a museum with exhibits from the whole of Eastern Crete, like the early Minoan cemetery of Mochlos, the Zakros palace, Lato and Elounda. There are plenty of coins ranging from about 330-350 BC to 200 AD exhibited here along with more than 1500 vases from that time.
• The Folklore Museum: This is a museum exhibiting woven textiles, embroideries, handicrafts and a model of an old traditional Cretan house along with Old photographs, paintings and costumes of the olden times.
• The Iris Museum: This museum is housed in a neoclassical building on the 28th Oktovriou pedestrian street that also holds a local flora exhibition.
• Walking: There are many routes and hikes, going through villages, hills and beaches which are ideal for walking.
• Diving: The scuba-diving centre is about 250 m from the lake.
• Almyros beach: This is a sandy beach entering the sea at the southern end. This beach offers a cooling paddle and is about a 20 minute walk from the town center. One can take a taxi from the town centre.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit this place is in summer. One can expect showers between October and April. The temperatures are ideal from July to August.

Location on Google Maps:


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How to get there:
Agios Nikolaos (Crete) is about 40 miles from Herakleion Airport (HER). The journey takes about 45 – 60 minutes by car or taxi. Elounda is about 80 km from Heraklion Airport and it takes 60 – 75 minutes by car or taxi to Elounda.
By Bus: There are local bus services available in the place.

By Ferry:
Ferry services run to Agios Nikolaos from Athens (Piraeusport), Rhodes, Chalki, Karpathos and Kassos.
Major ferry lines operate to the port of Herakleion with buses connecting at the main bus station near to the port. Ferries run directly to the town via LANE lines from Pireaus and Rhodes. Take a connecting bus to Elounda from Agios Nikolaos.
By plane: The distance is 40 miles from Heraklion airport to Agios Nikolaos.

Getting around:
By Bus: Elounda, Kritsa, Sitia, Heraklion (and from there, Knossos), Malia and Hersonnisos are accessed with a regular bus service.
Among others are taxis, scooters, rent car facilities available in the place.

Some travel books from Amazon about Crete:

Frommer’s Crete Day by Day Lonely Planet Crete Heraklion, Crete (Greece) Travel Guide

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotels at Tripadvisor
Restaurants at wikitravel
Hotels at Wikitravel
hotels at elounda
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs / Sites about Elounda:

Blogs and reviews at aluxurytravelblog
Blogs and reviews at completely-crete
Blogs and reviews at explorecrete
Blogs and reviews at travelpod

Images and photos of Elounda:

Images at google
Images at tripadvisor
Images at travel.webshots

Videos of Elounda:

Elounda

Spinalonga and Greek Flag

Luxury Resort in Greece | Domes of Elounda

Elounda 2010 – Skisma to Plaka

ELOUNDA 2008 and THEA RESTAURANT

Elounda Beach Party 2011 *** official video in HD




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