Elounda is located 10 km north of Agios Nikolaos. It is not a very pretty village but its superb location at the head of the peninsula of Spinalonga and the lagoon that it creates have made it extremely popular. This is further enhanced by the island of Kalidon on which the remains of a Venetian fortress that later was to become a leper colony are located.

Location of Elounda

Location of Elounda

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Getting there is easy from Agios Nikolaos. A short drive with frequent buses.

Atmosphere: The village has a number of restaurants and shops but is also very much a through place for excursions to the island of Spinalonga so it feels busy without much atmosphere.

Accommodation: a number of hotels and rooms in the village itself. Further out towards Agios Nikolaos are several of Crete's most luxurious hotels. Find accommodation in Elounda

Nightlife: a few bars and cafés



Beach: the beaches of Elounda are not that great, essentially narrow strips of sand that are often overcrowded. The lagoon is very shallow and the water is generally always very still. Good for small children.

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  • Elounda seen from the North
  • A beach in Elounda
  • Seaside in Elounda
  • Panorama of Elounda Bay

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