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Hotels in Elounda

Picturesque Elounda, on the north-east coast of the Greek island of Crete, was once known simply as a pretty little fishing village. As its reputation grew so did the number of visitors, transforming Elounda into a resort famous for its scenery. Book an Elounda hotel with us and discover why the town is such a popular attraction.

Relax

Visitors come to Elounda to escape the cut and thrust of daily life and unwind. This is easy to do on one of the golden-sanded beaches with the azure sea gently lapping at your toes. The main beach in Elounda is adjacent to the harbour and comes with a host of sunloungers and a lifeguard. All around you'll find a range of convenient of cafés and restaurants. The further away from the centre of Elounda you go, the more sparsely populated, but no less inviting, the beaches become.

Activities

For the more adventurous traveller, there are a variety of activities available. The Blue Dolphin Diving Centre is your gateway to over 20 dive sites created by a team of enthusiasts working in tandem with marine biologists. Diving in Elounda is a thrilling and fun way to experience the warm, Cretan waters and discover the proliferation of sea creatures that live beneath the waves.

You could rent a 4x4 and head inland through sweeping landscapes populated by green olive trees and experience the simple charm and hospitality of local villages.

Restaurants, cafés and bars

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Elounda and all tastes are catered for. Haroupo Ergospasio is renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, and fine wines as a perfect accompaniment. This tastefully rustic restaurant has a balcony from which you'll observe splendid views across the bay.

Established in 1968, Eden Bar Café, close to the port, is a lively hostelry that welcomes children, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Spinalonga

For a change of scenery, visit the island of Spinalonga, a 5km drive from Elounda, followed by a short boat trip to the island itself. This one-time Venetian fortress isle has long been popular with TV and filmmakers. In the 1970s, Spinalonga was the location for the popular BBC series, 'Who Pays the Ferryman'.

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