The occasional visit from famous celebrities in recent years has raised Elounda’s profile and attracted some exquisite fine dining venues and stylish bars, but this hasn’t eroded its nautical village charm.
While there are countless fishing villages on this heavenly Greek island, it has to be said that Elounda’s charm is largely down to the friendliness of the locals. The vibrant atmosphere of shops by day, and an affable welcome to the restaurants in the evening, adds an exceptional touch of warmth. By the end of your stay, you’ll likely be on first name terms with the proprietors and feel like one of the locals yourself.
Take to the water during the day to explore the glittering coastline around Elounda. The main beach is ideally equipped for family days out, or by boat you can discover a number of hidden beaches and craggy coves nearby, perfect for a private couple’s escape. By night, the harbour is radiant with the lights of taverns and bars reflecting on the water. Whether you’re down on the dockside, or simply watching over it from the poolside terrace in your luxury Elounda villa, you’ll find that the village glimmers with a unique Cretan magic.