Elounda was once a picturesque fishing village in the lovely Mirabello Bay. The inhabitants lived from farming, fishing, salt extraction from the Venetian saltpans, and emery mining.
Elounda developed into a resort famous for its beautiful scenery and the luxury hotels which are still being built in the area. It is said to be the place with the most five-star hotels in Greece. Apart from politicians, Elounda often welcomes Arab princes with their large families, film and music stars, Russian tycoons and other VIPs from all over the world. This is also part of its magic, as many people dream of spreading their towel on the beaches of Elounda, where some famous person has been swimming.
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, walk along the peninsula of Kolokytha, and explore the many little villages far from the sea, offering a window into times gone by.