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Holidays to Elounda

Take to a sunny seaside resort on a Elounda holidays in the Lassithi region of Crete, on the island’s northwest coast. Here you’ll find a pretty little harbour and a honey-coloured beach that looks out to historic Spinalonga Island (which is only a short sail away). And there’s a wealth of friendly Greek tavernas and waterfront restaurants for families and couples to discover, too. If you’re looking to explore further afield, charming Aghios Nikolaos is just 15 minutes away, while little ones will love the superb Acqua Plus waterpark, which is around an hour from the resort.

11-25°C °C

Expect a mild climate all year around. 

4 hours

 Heraklion Airport (HER). 

Relax in the sun-soaked harbour, sail around Spinalonga island and shop for Cretan specialties at the weekly market when you book your Thomas Cook holiday to Elounda. 

Recommended offers in Elounda

Elounda Bay Palace

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Two private sandy beaches
  • Hotel-run kids' activity programme
  • Shops and boutique at the hotel

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Based on 726 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

Elounda Beach Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Set on private beach
  • Superb choice of bars and eateries
  • High service levels

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 476 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

£1316

SENTIDO Elounda Blu

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Stylish, adult-only hotel
  • Spectacular sea views
  • Fantastic Asian à la carte restaurant

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Based on 1536 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 34 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Lena

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Family run property
  • 30m to the beach
  • 430m away from the resort centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 99 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hiona Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Traditional-style apartments
  • Peaceful location
  • Swimming pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 114 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 7 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Maria Stella

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the harbour
  • Beach is only 300m away
  • Free Wi-Fi zones

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 41 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Holidays to Elounda will take you to some brilliant beaches; the nearest one is right in the heart of town. But there’s so much more to this resort than lazy days in the sunshine. If you want to explore, you can hop aboard a boat from the marina to visit the islet of Spinalonga, which is famous for its fascinating Venetian ruins and its past as a leper colony. When you return, you’ll be ready to sample the catch of the day at a waterfront restaurant; it’s a great place to watch the sun go down on the horizon. And if you’re looking for a family-friendly day out, you’ll find thrills galore at Acqua Plus; Crete’s best waterpark is less than an hour away by car, and it’s brimming with water slides, pools and rivers galore.

The main beach (right in the heart of town) is a curved, 200-metre stretch of golden sand that brushes up against glistening waters, and it’s sheltered by rocky Cretan scenery. You’ll find plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas dotted along this beautiful Blue Flag spot, as well as a kids’ play area. If you love being on the water and want something to get your heart pumping, you can tackle your favourite water sports here, too. Take a 15-minute stroll along the coastal path and you’ll find a quieter place to relax. Driros Beach is well worth the walk if you want to escape the crowds. And if you’ve got a car, you can take a five-minute drive to the pebble beach at Plaka.

The bustling harbour is one the resort’s most popular attractions; it’s filled with welcoming waterfront restaurants and brimming with bobbing yachts. From here you can catch a boat over to Spinalonga Island (it’s only 10 minutes away), where you’ll find stunning scenery and Venetian fortifications. Back on dry land, if you want to get a feel for Elounda, then head to the weekly markets. Locals and visitors alike flock here to browse, haggle and socialise. And you can pick up pottery, handmade jewellery and all kinds of souvenirs from here. You’ll need to arrive in the morning if you want to pick up some local olive oil and raki, as these two specialities sell out quickly.

If you’re away with the kids, they’ll love spending days on the beach in the sun. And when you’re ready to cool off, you can head for the nearby waterpark; luckily for you, Crete’s best one is less than an hour’s drive from the resort. You’ll find Acqua Plus around 20km from Heraklion (the island capital), complete with all kinds of water slides and swimming pools, plus a lazy river and water playground. Grown-ups can sit back and relax on a free lounger. And when you arrive back at the resort, you can all tuck into a Greek dinner at a family-friendly taverna.

Elounda is best for…

Families: Boasting beautiful beaches, boat trip fun and a top waterpark, Elounda holidays are ideal for families of all ages. 

Beach lovers: The resort’s 200-metre main beach (north of the harbour) has Blue Flag status, just like the laid-back Driros Beach that lies a mile or so along the coastal path.

Sailors: A stunning shoreline awaits, so why not plan a scuba-diving trip, take a yacht excursion, or sample the catch of the day? You can do it all from the marina.


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is Greek, although English is widely spoken in most of the tourist hot spots. It’s worth packing a phrase book or downloading an app though, just to try out a few simple phrases like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. 

Currency: The currency used is the Euro.

Local time: 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Heraklion Airport (HER).

Flight time from UK: 4 hours.

Tourist information: Find further tourist information before your holiday at www.visitgreece.gr/en/destinations/prefecture_of_lassithi.  

Visa and health: For visa and health recommendations and advice for Elounda holidays, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece.


Weather and climate

Temperature: 11-25 (°C)

The weather in Elounda is typical of southern Crete’s Mediterranean climate; it’s all about long, hot summers and mild winters with a little more rainfall. By the middle of spring, temperatures rise into the mid-teens (°C), often creeping up to 28°C in the height of summer. And if you want to top up your tan, peak season is the best time of year for your for holiday. If you’re after a little peace and quiet, then autumn is a great time to visit; temperatures in the mid-teens to low 20s are pleasant, and you can still expect up to ten hours of sunshine a day.


Getting around

By bus: A cheap and efficient way to get around, with regular services running from the resort to neighbouring towns like Aghios Nikalaos.

By car: The best way to explore the island at your own pace, and the roads are generally easy to navigate. Why not pick up a hire car from Heraklion Airport? 

On foot: It’s easy to walk around the resort; the beaches are only a few minutes from the town centre and the main hotels.


Events

Summer Arts Festival: This cultural celebration is held every year in the island capital of Heraklion, which is just an hour away from the resort. More than 100 events take place during July and August, in venues across the city; expect open-air cinema, ballet, theatre and much more. 

Matala Beach Festival: One of the biggest music festivals in the region, it runs in late June for two days. It celebrates the history of Matala Beach, which found fame in the 1960s and ‘70s as a popular spot among hippies and musicians, by playing music from this era.


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