Go to the beach

Elounda is a great choice for a beach holiday, with soft sands right next to the promenade and harbour. That means there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in easy reach of your sun lounger – and there are plenty of those to go around, too. There’s even a play area in case the kids need a break from paddling in the sea and building sandcastles.

The main beach has been awarded a Blue Flag, so you know its golden sand and shallow water are in excellent condition. If you like to chop and change where you sunbathe or prefer to unwind somewhere a little more out of the way, Elounda offers a few smaller beaches as well. And if you really want to mix it up, explore the Cretan coast to try out a range of beaches big and small, sandy and pebbly. You’ll find one of the island’s best beaches at Stalis about 40 minutes’ drive away.