Elounda, Lasithi

Periphery Crete
Prefecture Λασίθι (Lasithi)
Postal code 721 00
Area code 28410
Licence plate code ΑΝ
Website [1]

Elounda is a small fishing town on the Elounda Bay, on the island of Crete, Greece. It is popular with European tourists and has several hotels. Elounda is also the closest major town to the former leper colony of Spinalonga. The town is close to the city of Aghios Nikolaos and the village of Plaka (Lassithi).


Elounda is the self-proclaimed "most luxurious resort" in Greece. It is home to many luxury 5-star hotels as well as budget accommodation. Most of the major luxury hotels are located out of town, set in their own grounds.

Many bars and restaurants can be found in Elounda, supporting and supported by the growing tourist industry there. In 2003, some British tour operators stopped offering holidays to the town - these places were quickly filled by European (mostly French, German) tour operators.


Dating back to the Venetian era and the Ancient Greek period, Elounda has changed dramatically during its lifespan. The bulk of the ancient city of Olous was reclaimed by the sea towards the end of the Ancient Greek period and is still visible, in part, when diving in the bay of Elounda.

Olous was the harbour of the dorian city Dreros.

A Mosaic with geometrical decorations and fishes of an early Christian Basilika Church is among the remains of Olous.

During the early 1900s, Elounda acted as a stopping off point for lepers being transported to the leper colony at Spinalonga.

Points of interest

There are many fine restaurants and bars in Elounda. These include the Friends Bar in the centre of Elounda, perhaps the most modern bar in the town. Restaurants in the town include the Kalidon, famous because it is set upon a floating platform. The town has one English cuising restaurant, 'Jennifers', and a speciality fish restaurant.

Dusk in Elounda


In the centre of Elounda, there is a large taxi stand and a bus stop. The local bus company, KTEL, operates services to Plaka (Lassithi) and Aghios Nikolaos on a regular basis.

Elounda with a population 2185 (in 2001) is a part of the municipality Agios Nikolaos ( Population 19.462)

Division of Elounda:

  • Elounda / Δ.δ. Ελούντας [ 2185 ]
    • Schisma / το Σχίσμα (Δ.δ. Ελούντας) [ 1655 ]
    • Agia Paraskevi / η Αγία Παρασκευή [ 39 ]
    • Epano Elounta / η Επάνω Ελούντα [ 154 ]
    • Epano Pines / οι Επάνω Πινές [ 59 ]
    • Kalydon (island) / η Καλυδών (νησίδα) [ 0 ]
    • Kato Elounta / η Κάτω Ελούντα [ 63 ]
    • Kato Pines / οι Κάτω Πινές [ 66 ]
    • Mavrikianon / το Μαυρικιανόν [ 149 ]

Elounda, Spinalonga island in the background. Photo/Source User: Prekario


Municipalities of the Lasithi Prefecture

Agios Nikolaos | Ierapetra | Itanos | Lefki | Makrys Gialos | Neapoli | Oropedio Lasithiou | Sitia

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