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Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: EEST | Avg. Flight time: 4.00 hrs
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Occupying a prime spot in a large sheltered bay on the north-west coast of Crete, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect picture of Greece than that presented by stunning Elounda. From skies of piercing blue, your eyes will drop to survey the tree-dotted mountains before descending upon the domes, towers and sugar-cube buildings on the waterfront. Yacht masts intersect the horizon, where fishing boats bob gently out to sea.
While the town of Elounda is charming and traditional, the sprawling resorts that occupy coastal spots on the edges of town are the main draw for many who book holidays in Elounda. An A-list destination for an A-list crowd, pop superstar Lady Gaga and Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio are among the celebrities who have enjoyed the warm hospitality of this sunshine hotspot.
All-inclusive holidays in Elounda are popular, mainly due to the large number of exclusive resorts that pepper the magnificent shoreline around the town. There are a handful of adults-only hotels in this upmarket area, as well as hotels offering a wonderful selection of family amenities. The very best hotels in Elounda have spas, sea-view restaurants, generously sized pools and gardens, as well as access to private beaches. Budget and mid-range accommodation, including self-catering apartments, is also available in Elounda, meaning you can take an A-list break on Z-list prices.
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When it comes to sunshine holidays, Elounda really shines. Find out what to expect of the weather in this part of Crete…
The southerly position of Crete equates to long, hot summer days and mild winters. The main holiday season begins in April and winds down in October, though it is between June and September that you can expect average daytime temperatures in the high 20s. July and August are the hottest – and busiest – months in Elounda and you should book well in advance if you want to go during this time.
From ballet and opera to parties and booze, a wide range of annual events takes place in and around Elounda…
Heraklion Summer Arts Festival; July-September: Journey to the capital of the island (around an hour by road) and drink in some of the flavours at this annual arts fest; from ballet and opera to ancient Greek works, it could prove the highlight of your holiday. Many events are held in the open-air theatres of Nikos Kazantzakis and Manos Hatzidakis, with the streets also becoming a stage in high season.
Elounda Beach Party; August: For one night only, a mega dance party takes to the sands of Elounda. It’s loud, it’s wild, and it’s only around 10 euros to get in. The event attracts a wide range of revellers, from the very young to the very old, so let your hair down and join the fun.
Kazanemata (also known as Tsikoudia Festival); October/November: If you are in Elounda as the main holiday season draws to a close, you can celebrate the creation of the local spirit raki at a variety of fun events around the town. If you haven’t tasted this intoxicating spirit before, this is your chance!
Peel yourself away from the sun lounger if you can and see more of Elounda…
Kids and teens: Young adventurers love to clamber aboard the dinky road trains that depart from Elounda on tours of the surrounding area.
Grown-up families: Boat trips run from Elounda to the haunting ruins on Spinalonga Island, where lepers once lived in isolation. The island is fascinating, and the boat trip, which takes a spin around the Kolokytha Peninsula, is also a thrill. Tours depart every 30 minutes in summer.
Relaxing: The main beach of Elounda is a small stretch of golden sands just a short walk from the harbour with sun loungers and umbrellas for hire. The quieter beaches of the Κolokytha Peninsula are also accessible by foot.
Active types: A well-regarded diving centre in Elounda allows both beginners and more-experienced divers the chance to explore the underwater world off the island.
Nightlife: Elounda nights are mostly spent enjoying a delicious dinner and having a nightcap under the stars. For a wider choice of bars and a later evening, Agios Nikolaos is just 15 minutes away by taxi.