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Elounda is a beautiful coastal village 11 km north of Agios Nikolaos Town in Lassithi, Crete. Despite being a top touristic destination, Elounda has maintained its traditional, authentic character and presents a beautiful landscape with crystal beaches intact to a great extent. Elounda area includes one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Crete, famous for its developed high-quality touristic facilities. It boasts crystal clear waters and the shore is sandy along its length. From the port of Elounda, boats depart for the island of Spinalonga, which used to be a leper colony.

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Elounda has definitely the most lavish touristic developments. The area is a renowned tourist resort with 5 and 6 star luxurious hotels for the most exquisite tastes. Each year Elounda hosts in secrecy VIPs of the international economic, political, athletic and artistic elite. Some of its resorts include lovely small beaches and private coves, where you’ll see very expensive yachts. It is no coincidence that Elounda has the most landings of private helicopters in the whole of Greece.

Apart from its glamorous, cosmopolitan side, Elounda has to offer its visitors some of the most beautiful landscapes in Greece. The small town of Elounda is not of particular beauty, but it is built on the edge of the idyllic lagoon of Korfos Bay. The remains of a Byzantine Basilica can also be visited in the area.

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Spinalonga is a famous peninsula connected to Crete with a very narrow strip of land that used to be where the old salt pans of Elounda were found, which were the major source of revenue during the Venetian period, supplying Europe with salt. Later on, it became the leper colony and its history and setting inspired the plot of Victoria Hislop's book, The Island. Spinalonga can be visited by boat running from Elounda harbor. Another place worth visiting for a sailing trip is the Mirabello bay. Among its famous beaches is Kolokythia beach, Plaka beach and lengthy Elounda sandy beach.

Family fun in Elounda

A fascinating trip to the past is a visit to Spinalonga island which is a must-see for adults and children. Wander around the narrow streets of the peninsula and listen to the whispers of history. Water sports and several boat trips can be a fun family experience as well.

Things to do in Elounda

Apart from having a lavish experience in the many luxurious resorts of Elounda and swimming to its crystal clear waters, one could also visit the old stone windmills and a wonderful stone bridge, in one of the most picturesque places on Crete. In the Peninsula of Spinalonga, there are many abandoned farms that are now a natural reserve for many species of animals and plants.

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