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Luxury Elounda Holidays

Cosmopolitan Crete

Elounda

Once a down-to-earth fishing village, Elounda has blossomed into one of Crete's premier luxury resorts, pulling in a cosmopolitan brand of clientele. Like nearby Aghios Nikolaos, it's got a killer location, with the Bay of Mirabello on one side and hills blanketed in almond and olive groves on the other.

A lot of the village's old-fashioned charm has been preserved, particularly in the main square, where you'll find a smattering of Greek tavernas and little shops, and a pretty church looking out over the harbour.

Out in the bay is the mystical island of Spinalonga, a former leper colony and the subject of Victoria Hislop's best-seller, The Island. The ruins of its town and Venetian fortress are ripe for exploring – as are the calm waters around the Spinalonga peninsula, which hide the remains of the ancient city of Olous.

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The area around Elounda is spectacular. If you're around my age, you might remember a TV series called 'Who Pays the Ferryman?' - it was filmed around Elounda.

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Our pick of the top hotels in Elounda
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Aquila Elounda Village

Crete, Elounda

Elounda Bay Palace

Crete, Elounda

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

Crete, Elounda

Elounda Mare Hotel, Relais & Châteaux

Crete, Elounda

Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel

Crete, Elounda

Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort

Crete, Elounda
Typical Costs
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Bottle of beer
€2.50-4
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Bus return
€3-30
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Cup of coffee
€3-4.50
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Glass of wine
€3-6
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Main course
€8-15
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Small souvenir
€3-5
Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.

Transfer Time

Transfer time from Heraklion airport to Elounda is approximately 50 minutes.

When to go

The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.

Tipping

In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

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