Elounda Village, once a picturesque fishing village in lovely Mirabello Bay, nowadays is an ideal destination for people who want a seaside holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated, having a spectacular coastline, shaded beaches, crystal clear seas and archeological interest. In Elounda you will find small, pretty beaches, visit the island of Spinalonga, once a lepper colony, walk along and swim at the peninsula of Kolokitha, and explore the many little villages (Mavrikiano, Plaka, Skisma, Epano Elounda) at a distance from the sea, offering a window into times gone by. Elounda’s main beach, just to the north of the harbour, is a 200-metre stretch of golden sand. It flies the Blue Flag for cleanliness, as does the quieter Driros Beach, a 15-minute walk south along the coastal path. Or if you’ve got a car, a 5-minute drive takes you to the pebble beach at Plaka, which comes with a promenade backed by tamarisk trees. Elounda is not for those looking for a hectic, vibrant nightlife, nor for those who prefer the isolated beaches of unspoilt southern Crete. Needless to say that Elounda offers plenty of accommodation choices, among which splendid villas for rent.