There is that stunning infinity pool; swim, float, relax and then order a drink at the side. Later, dine at the pool terrace - or for a rare change, in the fine interior of the restaurant. Don't miss to read the romantic novel "The Island" by Vicroria Hislop. The novel portrays life on nearby Spinalonga Island during harrowing years as a leper colony.
Elounda has a handsome harbour where fishing boats still come and go.
On the southside of Elounda an artificial causeway leads to the Kolokitha Peninsula. On the eastern side there are two beaches with golden sand and crystal waters. The scenery would be perfect if not for the tourist boats coming from Agios Nikolaos to Spinalonga. If you ignore this and stay until everybody is gone, the only thing that will spoil your peace is the smell from the barbeques breaking your nose! There is also an archaeological site in the northern gulf. You are literally swimming around the remnants of the ancient port of Olous.
Nearby Elounda is the charming fishing village of Plaka, where you can eat in a traditional taverna or enjoy your ouzo or tsikoudia at lovely "Pefko" Coffee Bar.
Take a boat trip (from Elounda or Plaka Village) to Spinalonga island, which was an important Venetian fortress which became a leper colony in 1903.
Visit the nearby monastery of Aretiou, which it has been one of the largest and most powerful monasteries in Crete with great fortune.
Visit the ruins of Minoan Palace of Malia and the excavation site.
Explore the traditional Cretan villages of Kritza and Mochlos and enjoy a lovely lunch as both are famous for this. At Kritsa Village a worth visit is the archaelogical site of the ancient city of Lato one of Crete's few non-Minoan ancient sties. And why not ... here at Kritsa Village, you can order a pair of Cretan boots for postal delivery at Detorakis one of the best shoemakers.
From Kritsa it is a 16km climb up to the spectacular Katharo Plateau, which is cultivated by people from Kritsa, some of whom have homes here.
The area around Elounda offers excellent diving. ... or Snorkeling in some ruins of the sunken ancient city of Olous, still remaining in the sea.
Check out Agios Nikolaos town with its sea-lake which provides all the shops from clothes and gifts to news, book and paraphernalia shops to cafes, attractive bars above and around the "lake" and harbour to a range of restaurants covering many tastes.
Drive to Lassithi Plateau with Diktaion Cave (where Zeus was born)
Explore and you can visit villages on the road to Sitia - one of the most scenic coastal roads anywhere. The fine monastery of Toplou beyond Sitia merits a visit....perhaps with a pause in Sitia itself.
Enjoy the amazing tropical beach and palm grove of Vai (or Finikodassos) in East Crete.
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|Type:||Small Hotels & Inns||Honeymoon :|
|Rooms:||10||Quality of Service :|
|Pool:||Yes||Architecture & style :|
|Dining:||Yes||Family hospitality :|
|Closed:||November to 10th April|