Crete is the most southerly point of the continent of Europe and enjoys a mild sub-tropical climate, only 200 miles north of the continent of Africa in the Mediterranean Sea.
Elounda is situated within the Mirabello Bay on the north-east coast of the island of Crete. It is 65 km from Heraklion International Airport and 9 km from the town of Agios Nikolaos.
Elounda is one of Crete's most charming settings. This quiet fishing village offers picturesque views of the crystal clear sea and the nearby island of Spinalonga. The visitor can enjoy Elounda's golden beaches, nine of which are awarded the 'Blue Flag' by the EU annually. The municipal beach is located near Elounda's charming little harbour. It is a fully organised facility, ideal for water sports, with restaurants and cafes nearby.
Local amenities include banks, post office, clinic, pharmacy, tourist police, etc.
A wide variety of shops is also available. Elounda also enjoys a rich heritage. Its name comes from the ancient greek Olous which was an important settlement from Minoan times. Today it is a recognised archaelogical site and visitors can admire the relics of the ancient sunken city of Olous one kilometre from modern Elounda.
Another site worth visiting is the Venetian castle on the island of Spinalonga.
Minoan, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman influences have shaped Elounda's history.
The combination of mountains, deep blue and calm sea, fishing harbour and beach have attracted much attention from film makers and Elounda has been used as a backdrop for several films, including "The Lotus Eaters' and 'Who Pays the Ferryman?'