“Start discovering the fascinating destination you have chosen”
After booking your dream vacation in Elounda, you get to daydream about all the amazing things to do in Elounda Crete. Having packed your suitcase, ready to be filled with memories upon your return, where do you even start discovering the fascinating destination you have chosen? It is a legitimate challenge to decide where to begin when it comes to the incredible island of Crete. With so many prime locations to explore and a myriad of things to do around Elounda, Crete even an entire summer wouldn’t be enough to tour all its unforgettable beaches, villages and activities — to assist you, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things to experience while you visit us at Elounda Gulf Villas!
1. Sail to the evocative Spinalonga One of the most favoured things to do in Elounda is to visit the nearby islet that has a poignant story to tell. Spinalonga is just minutes off the coast of Crete, perfect to be discovered by traditional caique, yacht or sailboat. To set foot on its sands is to be greeted by a crumbling castle with a history that’s inspired a popular page-turner by renowned author Victoria Hislop. Take a stroll among these ruins before enjoying a picnic on its isolated beach.
2. Wander around Fourni Village Crete is known for its charming villages and Fourni is definitely one of them! Under a half-hour drive from the hotel, it’s nestled amongst verdant hills covered in olive trees; once you arrive you’ll quickly realise that it’s comprised of not one, but three settlements of quaint Venetian-style homes surrounded by acres of orchards and vineyards. The area stands out as a home to a handful of centuries-old monasteries — some dating back to the 1500s.
3. Take a stroll in Kritsa A haven of car-free delight, Kritsa is only a 25-minute drive from Elounda Gulf Villas — but be sure to leave your car in the designated parking area as this is a village you’ll want to tour on foot! The only ‘congestion’ you’ll run into here may be an adorable donkey or two trotting through its narrow alleyways lined with souvenir shops and traditional little cafes, in a place that seems to have appeared right out of a postcard.
4. Navigate the CRETΑquarium One of the most exciting things to do around Elounda, Crete that is absolutely perfect for families. The CRETAquarium is a place of interest to explore with your little ones and make aquatic ‘friends’ along the way! From the caretta caretta turtle to stingrays and sharks, all manner of creatures of the deep reside here, in this peaceful haven of marine life that’s housed at a distance of under an hour from Elounda Gulf Villas.