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If you're dreaming of a quiet and tranquil holiday escape, where you can relax in peaceful and luxurious surroundings, Elounda in Crete may be the ideal holiday destination for you.
This former fishing village has been transformed into a sophisticated and serene spot, where you'll find beaches lined with luxury hotels, hidden coves and a postcard-pretty town centre. Choose to holiday here and you're sure to agree that it's one of the most beautiful resorts in the whole of Greece and the Greek islands.
On holidays in Elounda you'll find yourself perfectly placed to explore Crete's stunning mountain landscape. For example, head to the Katharo Plateau on Mount Dikti for stunning views. During spring and summer you'll also find the Cretan countryside to be a rainbow of blooms ' take a flower tour up the mountains for a fragrant day away from the sands.
Elounda looks out to this ancient fortress, which you can visit with a 20 minute boat ride. The history of the island, which became a leper colony during its chequered past, is infinitely fascinating, and the views back across the Crete are breathtaking.
Elounda's neighbouring resort ups the tempo a little ' but not too much. It's unique in that the resort centres on a lake, rather than the beach-front ' although you will find pretty beaches within a 15 minute walk. Wander the swanky marina, and the fishing boat harbour, before spending some time taking in the pastel houses and the shops, cafes and bars that ring the lake.
The Blue Dolphin Dive Centre is a big draw to Elounda for those who want to learn or practise their scuba skills. You'll find some beautiful dive sights in the area, and Blue Dolphin run a variety of courses for those who want to become qualified divers.
Browse the Shops
Forget chain stores and shopping malls, the shopping experience in Elounda is far more special than that. The tiny shops and boutiques are great places to pick up traditional souvenirs, and the Eklektos Bookshop is something of a hidden gem in the area. It's a charming place to garner local knowledge on Elounda and Spinalonga Island, and a happy hour or so would be easily whiled away browsing the groaning bookshelves.
Ride the Happy Train
Ride the 'happy train' through the Elounda countryside and up into the mountains, for a fun way to explore inland Crete. The train guide is extremely knowledgeable, and the views on this scenic train ride are incredible. It's great fun for kids too!
This quiet and peaceful resort is a dream choice for those looking to really kick back and relax on holidays to Crete. A sophisticated coastal spot on the island, Elounda is the place to spend time relaxing on the sands, exploring the beautiful island countryside and stopping off at traditional tavernas and charming shops.
Aghios Nikolaos is a little livelier than Elounda, but still maintains the same sophisticated air. At the centre of this pretty resort is a stunning lake, with shops, cafes and bars sitting on its shores. Away from the lake, a quaint town centre awaits, complete with churches, whitewashed building and mysterious alleyways. Beach lovers needn't fear, as you'll find several beaches within 15 minutes of Agios Nikolaos. However, the heart of the resort is the lake, setting Agios Nikolaos apart from your usual holiday destination.
Direct Holidays has plenty of affordable holidays to Elounda on the popular Greek island of Crete - putting complete relaxation within easy reach.