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Elounda

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Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts. A popular getaway for international celebrities, the lively town offers visitors plenty to do, from shopping and dining to sailing and diving. The harbor area--the busiest part of Elounda--attracts the biggest crowds, while the residential neighborhoods farther away from the waterfront retain much of their quiet character and small-town atmosphere. Be sure to visit the nearby island of Spinalonga, an uninhabited rock known for its shallow waters and pebbly beaches. To arrange what you want to do in Elounda, use our Greece trip itinerary planner.
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Island
Fortress Spinalonga
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Elounda Beach
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Duration: 4 hours
Beach
Plaka Beach Plaka
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Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Kolokithia Beach
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Elounda

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Island
Chrissi Island Ierapetra
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Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Vai Beach Vai
4.0
Duration: 3 hours
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Farm
Cretan Olive Oil Farm Agios Nikolaos
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Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Voulisma Beach Istron
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Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Elounda

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Eklektos Bookshop
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Duration: 1 hour
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Spa / Wellness
Aelia Healing Center
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Spa
Spas
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Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Elounda

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Beach
Spinalonga Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Chiona Beach
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Skisma Beach
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Elounda

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Maria & Vangelis - Unique Handmade Creations
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Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Trilogy Bookshop
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Duration: 30 minutes

Wildlife in Elounda

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Elounda Boat Cruises
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Multi-day Tour
Flowers of Crete
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Duration: 6 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Maria & Vangelis - Unique Handmade Creations
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Duration: 2 hours
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Ruin
Malia Palace Archaeological Site Malia
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Lake Voulismeni Agios Nikolaos
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Duration: 30 minutes

Where to stay in Elounda

Beachfront hotels in Elounda provide well-appointed rooms and suites with sweeping views of Crete's coastline. Lavish comfort and proximity to the sea come at a steep price, so if you have a tight budget, consider staying farther away from the upscale seafront. A short drive out of town gives you access to affordable lodgings in good-value inns and self-catering apartments. Alternatively, avoid Elounda's big crowds and high prices by booking your stay in nearby Agios Nikolaos, a lively town packed with inexpensive hostels and family-run guesthouses.
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