ELOUNDA

ISLAND INFO

Book your ferry tickets online at www.greektrip.gr or via telephone at Sporades Shipping. Elounda is one of Greece’s most exclusive summer destinations, noted for its coves, rocky coastlines, the fishing harbor, the sunken city of Olous and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. What is really amazing here is the impressive selection of luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants that will meet even the highest of your expectations. The outstanding natural beauties of secluded Elounda bay and the first-class accommodation services have made Elounda the number one favorite for world leaders, royalties and celebrities alike since the mid ‘70s.

Apart from the cosmopolitan atmosphere, right opposite from Elounda, you will find the island of Spinalonga, an under consideration UNESCO World Heritage site. Lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece had been kept here in isolation until 1957. The island is considered to be a monument of Greece’s modern cultural heritage and connected with many true stories of pain, separation and fear. Victoria Hishlop wrote a best seller entitled “The Island” with stories based on the tormented life in Spinalonga.

Elounda has been Greece’s premier luxury resort destination for more than 40 years. Having hosted some of the world’s most powerful people, the resorts here are used to guests that have the highest standards and are hard to please. The resorts offer all services one could look for including gourmet restaurants, private beaches, watersports, kids clubs and activities, luxury spas, and all types of other bespoke services. Your wish here is our command.

Here you can find many high quality award winning restaurants worth dining at. Beyond Elounda there are several high quality tavernas serving Cretan specialties in a more traditional setting. You can find both in Agios Nikolas just next to Elounda, but also in the many villages spread out throughout the area of Lassithi.

Crete is Greece’s largest island and once here it’s worth discovering the unique experiences it offers. From Elounda you can easily head by private car transfer to either

Rethymno or Chania both very well preserved coastal towns with Venetian influences.

GETTING HERE

By airplane:

Depending where you are coming from there are various ways to reach Elounda. You can either fly to Heraklion airport and then take a private transfer to Elounda (1hr drive) or fly to Sitia airport which is closest to Elounda. Both airports are connected with daily domestic flights from major Greek airports.

By ferry:If you are already in one of the other islands in the Cyclades like Mykonos or Santorini, there are ferries to the port of Heraklion. Book your ferry tickets online at www.greektrip.gr or via telephone at Sporades Shipping.

MUST-VISIT

  1. Spinalonga Island: Take a private guided tour of Spinalonga Island, a Venetian fortress which until 1957 served as one of the last leper colonies in Europe.
  2. Gaidouronissi: Head south to Ierapetra, the biggest city in Lassithi prefecture and from there head to Gaidorounissi an uninhabited tropical island off the coast.
  3. Open air Museum of Lychnostatis: Built with real care for the promotion of the Cretan folklore tradition. Through the representation of a traditional Cretan village, the visitor collects information on folklore tradition, old professions, the self-taught folk artists and even the flora of the place. In the Museum’s cafe you can try unique tea flavors with herbs of Crete

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

Olive oil tasting: The olive oil is considered to be the Cretan gold. We invite you to visit a family-run olive oil factory and taste the different olive species and olive making methods. Discover a vast selection of equipment used through the ages from the Cretan producers. In here lay the secrets of the most nutritious, delicious and pure olive oil that scientists have connected to life longevity. A really magical experience about the most valuable product of the Cretan land.

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