Elounda is a very popular seaside resort on the northern coast of the Lassithi Prefecture, which boasts some of the loveliest beaches in Crete. It is a beautiful small fishing village and has retained much of its traditional features, which have not been ruined by the settlement’s excellent tourist infrastructure.
Nightlife and dining venues can be found in abundance along the beachfront, while many historical sites are scattered in and around the village. Elounda is situated approximately 10 km from Agios Nikolaos, the capital and the main port of the prefecture.
Elounda is ideal for people who want a seaside holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated.
In Elounda you will find small, pretty beaches, visit the island of Spinalonga, (made famous lately from Victoria Hislop’s novel “The Island”) – walk along the peninsula of Kolokytha (the word means “gourd” or “pumpkin”), and explore the many little villages further from the sea, offering a window into times gone by.
The Town of Agios Nikolaos in the eastern part of Crete is probably the most cosmopolitan town on the island. It was the first area that became a popular tourist destination for holiday makers from all over the world. The more popular name for the town has for years been “Ag’nik”
This charming town is especially characterized by the lake in the central part of the harbour area surrounded by restaurants, cafés and tavernas. Along the sides of the lake small characteristic fishing boats add to the charming atmosphere. The tavernas and restaurants in Ag’nik mostly offer extensive menus with Greek specialities, fresh fish and cosmopolitan dishes. If you want to go shopping, the narrow streets in the old part of town offer shops and boutiques for shoes, jewellery, pottery, fashion, designer clothes, souvenirs and lots more.
In the middle of the town you find a small sandy beach “Blue Flag Beach”. Here there are typical Cretan Tavernas with fresh fish and meats deliciously prepared on the barbecue.