Heraklion - Elounda

Heraklion & Elounda, where history meets tranquility.

Greek: Ηράκλειο - Ελούντα
pronounced [Heh-rák-lee-on] - [Eh-loó-nda]

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Welcome to Heraklion - Elounda

A complete guide for your vacation

Heraklion is the largest city of Crete and one of Greece’s major urban centres. The city flourished under a multicultural influence throughout the centuries; that’s why there is a plethora of Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman structures to look out for! The city’s landmark is the 16th c. Koules fortress in the westernmost side of the old Venetian port, which along with the fortification walls (dating back to the same period) are among the most significant and imposing sights.

Elounda, located 11 km north of Agios Nikolaos, is celebrated for its picturesque landscapes, charming village, and historical sites such as the sunken city of Olous and Byzantine basilica. Moreover, it boasts a remarkable array of luxury hotels and restaurants that have made it a favored destination for world leaders, royalties, and celebrities alike. Notably, the allure of Spinalonga, as beautifully portrayed by Victoria Hislop in her best-selling novel 'The Island,' adds another layer of fascination to Elounda's already captivating ambiance.

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A tour of Spinalonga, Greece’s former leper colony, off Crete

A boat trip to Spinalonga island, in Elounda’s Mirabello Bay, lets you explore not just a 16th-century Venetian fortress but the remains of Greece’s one-time leper colony in yet another example of Crete’s astonishingly diverse history A tour of Spinalonga island in Crete The tiny, teardrop-shaped island of Spinalonga, just off the southern coast of Crete’s Lassithi...