The island of Crete’s terrain has a lot more diversity than many of the other Greek islands. It’s the largest island in Greece and fifth largest in the Mediterranean after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus and Corsica. From high mountain ranges, as high as 8,000 ft to low valleys, gorges, rivers and world renown beaches, Crete has so much to offer you don’t have to travel anywhere else. Coastal towns of Crete are a must add to your bucket list!
A welcome glass of champagne in Elounda
Elounda is one of the small coastal towns of Crete, just an hour in driving distance from the Heraklion airport. Driving along a beautiful, scenic ocean road makes for a pleasant trip. Elounda is known for it’s exclusive and very luxurious resorts in Crete, located on the outskirts of the coastal village. Elounda Beach, Elounda Bay Palace, and Elounda Mare are just a few with world renown luxury reputations. Jet setters and people from all over the world come to these resorts to be pampered by their world class restaurants, spas and resort offerings.
Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas
Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas, one of The Leading Hotels of the World, is a truly luxurious resort. Driving through the grove of olive trees you come upon the beautiful crystal blue bay peppered with gorgeous yachts, a sandy beach and surrounding villas. The second you step foot inside, you are handed a glass of champagne and treated like royalty. I knew I would not ever want to leave, so at the very least I extended my stay. From several fine dining restaurants, a world-class spa, water sports: water-skiing, wave runners, wind surfing, tennis, basketball, volleyball courts, a diving center, extensive gardens, a shopping village, to an outdoor amphitheater. There is no reason to leave the resort, everything is at your disposal with a smile.
The gorgeous bay at Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas
Plaka Village a very short drive from Elounda, is a small fishing village with many tavernas, cafes, shops and crystal blue water with a pebble beach for sun bathing.
Agios Nikolaos, named another one of the small coastal towns of Crete is just 15 minutes from Elounda. It’s a medium size village with a small town feel that has a lot to offer. The village faces three ways to the water: the lake, the port and Kritroplatia Beach. Cafes and tavernas wind around facing the water from different angles which makes it a perfect town for meandering and sitting at a cafe for hours. Many shops strung throughout the village offer souvenirs, china, woven fabrics, unique local gift shops and clothing. Kritoplatia Beach is one of the few beaches in Crete to have that town-center located by the sea, beach location. There are several other sandy beaches located very close in proximity. Agios Nikolaos is a year-round village where people grow up and live there while many cruise ships come and go.
Completely different from each other, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos are coastal towns of Crete you do not want to miss, and you’ll never forget them when you leave.