UPMARKET COASTAL RESORT

A traditional fishing village

Sunset in Elounda

Resort areas on Crete are now quite commercialised with the notable exception of Elounda where you will find the majority of our hotels. The exclusive resort of Elounda is a picturesque fishing village on the northern coast of Crete.  Elounda has managed to maintain its Cretan charm and the area around the harbour has  some chic bars, traditional tavernas and exclusive restaurants. Our hotels are between 1-4kms away on a gorgeous bay with views across to the island of Spinalonga.

In the area of Elounda

If you take the road into Elounda from Agios Nikolaos, approximately 12 km in length and follows the shore as it climbs to the top of a small mountain. The view from the top is incredible; on a clear day you can see the whole of Mirabello Bay and all the way to the eastern tip of Crete.

Spinalonga 

The island of Spinalonga just across the bay from Elounda.  It has a long history, but in the early 1900’s until  1957  it was used as a leper colony, one of the last in Europe. Once on the island the lepers were given food, water, medical attention and social security payments. Previously, such amenities had been unavailable to Crete's leprosy patients, as they mostly lived in the area's caves, away from civilization. Today the island is a popular tourist attraction and can be easily be visited on a boat trip.

Golf

The island boasts an 18 hole par 71 golf course at Hersonissos. It naturally offers a covered driving range, practice green and a golf academy. Many of our hotels offer reduced rates at this course and can pre-book tee times for you.

Walking

Crete is also highly recommended to walkers and hikers – we are happy to suggest Landscapes of Western or Eastern Crete published by Sunflower Books as a very helpful guide on the subject.

Things to do

Activities for visitors are many and varied, but the coastline and the wide range of water-sports offered by most hotels will be popular. Examples of the fascinating history of the island abound, whilst the Samaria Gorge is a truly beautiful walk, 11 miles long. At 2700 feet above sea level lies the fertile Lassithi Plateau, known for  its white sailed windmills. Try the one day mini-cruise to Santorini, reputedly the lost city of Atlantis.