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History of Elounda

Submitted by manolism on Sun, 02/08/2009 - 01:17.
A rainbow over Spinalonga Entrance of Elounda Bay Byzantine Mosaic The ruins of Ancient Olous under the sea

Ancient Elounda (Olous) was a minoan city. It was partly destroyed hit by a tidal wave caused by the explosion of the Santorini volcano, estimated to have occurred in the mid second millennium BC. Ruins of the ancient city of Olous can bee seen under the sea in elounda peninsula.

Minoan and Roman graves as well as temples dedicated to the ancient greek gods can also be found around elounda. Monuments of the byzantine period have also been found in elounda such as the byzantine mosaic on the elounda peninsula.

Spinalonga island (or Kalidon) is another main attraction of Elounda. It is a small island in the entrance of the Korfos gulf. The fortress occupies the whole island and exists until today in an excellent shape. In the first half of the century it was used as a leper colony up to 1957. The history of Spinalonga inspired the British author Victoria Hislop to write her best seller novel "The Island".

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, East Crete, Elounda, Elounta, greek islands, Kato Elounda, Lasithi, Mavrikiano, olous, Pano Elounda, plaka, Skisma

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Byzantine monuments, Medieval monuments, Religious Tourism

See also

  • Elounda

    Elounda is a town placed on the north-eastern coast of Crete, in the picturesque gulf of Mirabello, about 70 km from the Heraklion airport and 10 km from the town of Aghios Nikolaos. Elounda is a quite small town with almost 2.000 residents. In reality it is a union of 4 small villages : Pano Elounda, Kato Elounda, Mavrikiano and Skisma which is the center of elounda. In the summer it is full of visitors and tourists. Because of its good climate and great beauty, many foreigners (mostly europeans) have chosen elounda as their permanent residence.

    Related places: Agios Nikolaos,East Crete,Elounda,Elounta,greek islands,Kato Elounda,Lasithi,Mavrikiano,olous,Pano Elounda,plaka,Skisma

  • Accomodation in Elounda

    Elounda provides all kinds of accommodation for the visitor. It is famous for its' luxurious hotels (Elounda bay, Elounda Peninsula, Elounda Beach and others). However, affordable high quality studios and apartments are also available, as well as less expensive hotels. Despite its reputation for its luxurious and very expensive hotels, Elounda is actually an affordable destination, with cheap accommodation of excellent quality. You can find a 2-person apartment for as low as 30 euros per day, and the cost of food is not high either.

    Related places: Agios Nikolaos,East Crete,Elounda,greek islands,Kato Elounda,Lasithi,Mavrikiano,olous,Pano Elounda,plaka,Skisma

  • Travel to ... Elounda

    Elounda is a town placed on the north-eastern coast of Crete, in the picturesque gulf of Mirabello. Elounda is 10km from Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lassithi and 70Km from Heraklion. You can travel to Heraklion, either by plane to the international Airport Nikos Kazantzakis, or by ferry from Peiraus. You then can take a bus from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos, and another bus from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda. A taxi directly from the Airport (about 70 Km) will cost around 60 Euros.

    Related places: Agios Nikolaos,East Crete,Elounda,greek islands,Kato Elounda,Lasithi,Mavrikiano,olous,Pano Elounda,plaka,Skisma

  • Beaches in Elounda

    The beaches of Elounda are numerous and for all kinds of taste. There is the main sandy beach in the center of the town. Those who prefer pebbles can visit the beach of Plaka, a village next to Elounda about 4km away. One of the main attractions or Elounda is the beach of Kolokytha, located on the Elounda peninsula, with its white sand and crystal water. You can get there either by car - in this case you will have to leave the car at a point and walk about 10 minutes - or by one of the boats you can find in the port of Elounda.

    Related places: Agios Nikolaos,antiskari,East Crete,Elounda,Elounta,greek islands,kolokitha,Lasithi,olous,plaka,skistra

  • Travel to ... Spinalonga (Kalidon)

    In the gulf of Mirabello on the north-eastern coast of Crete, lies an inlet, Korfos gulf. In the entrance of this inlet, which forms a natural harbor, and just opposite the village of Elounda, a little island called Spinalonga is located. This small island, despite its size, has played a big role in the local, cretan even greek history.

    Related places: Agios Nikolaos,eastern crete,Elounda,greek islands,Lassithi

Other similar places in Greece

  • Plaka

    The name Plaka stems from Arvanitika "Pliak Athena", meaning "Old Athens". Plaka has many archaeological sites of great importance. The first that will draw a visitor's attention is the famous Temple of the Winds is part of the ancient Roman Agora. It initially was a meteorological station from the first century built by the Syrian Astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. The freize which represents the winds and their personalities is the most interesting part of the building and visitors must undoubtedly have a closer look.

    Related places: athens,Monastiraki,Monument of Lysikrates,plaka,Roman Agora,Temple of the Winds,The Mosque

  • History of Heraklion

    The history of heraklion goes back many millenia, being the center of the minoan civilization which spread among the greek islands. Knossos (an ancient city located right outside heraklion) was the capital of the minoan kings and the place were the original labyrinth was built. Heraklion flourished through the ages and was known as the "great castle" in the medieval ages, when the - gigantic !! - city wall was constructed by venetians. The city fell to the ottomans in 1669, after a 22 year siege (the second-longest siege in history).

    Related places: candia,central crete,crete,greek islands,heraclion,heraklion,heraklion history,hersonissos,iraklion,knossos,malia

  • Restaurants in Athens

    In Athens, guests can choose to eat in a different way for every single day of their stay since numerous gourmet spots will satisfy their appetite. One can indulge in the traditional Greek cuisine of taverns and Mediterranean style restaurants. Moreover, those who prefer international or exotic gastronomy can choose from a wide variety of international cuisine restaurants. The price ranges vary, however, quality and hospitality remain above average. Finally, another significant factor adding to the appeal of a Greek restaurant would be the area of its location.

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  • Heraklion

    Heraklion is the capital of the island of crete, located at the north of the island. Heraklion is the largest city of crete and one the largest in greece. With a population of around 150.000 people and more than 200.000 in the metropolitan area, it is the administrative and economic center of crete.

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  • Travel to Cyclades, travel to Syros

    The island of Syros is located in the middle of the cycladic islands. Proud of its long history, Syros used to be the cultural and trade centre of the Aegean in the 19th century. Its capital, Hermoupolis or Ermoupolis, named after the Greek God Hermes, was Greeceā€™s principal port and is today the largest town of the Cyclades, the capital of the archipelago and its cultural, administrative and economic centre. If you choose to visit Syros, you will not have to miss on quality concerts, theatre performances as well as art exhibitions.

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Travel to Greece facts

- 15 International Airports
- 51 marinas
- 227 inhabited islands ( out of 6000 greek islands)
- 430 beaches awarded with the blue flag.
- 9,111 hotels with 693,252 rooms:

  • 176 5-star hotels
  • 994 4-star hotels
  • 1804 3-star hotels
  • 4460 2-star hotels
  • 1677 1-star hotels

- 752 spas.
- 17 Monuments of Cultural Heritage according to the UNESCO catalogue.
- 124 Museums

Plan a trip now

Elounda, Crete

- : Autumn is the ideal season to visit Elounda. Elounda hotels and apartments are open untill mid-october and the whole experience is so much better after the summer...
- : Airplane to Heraklion Airport and bus to Aghios Nikolaos.
- : The airplane tickets cost depends on your departure site, the cost from Athens airport ranges from 60 to 140 Euros. The cost of the bus to Aghios Nikolaos is less than 10 euros and the bus from Aghios nikolaos to Elounda is less than 5 euros.
- : Choose a cosy little apartment over a large hotel.
- : ranging from 40 to 100 euros for two people per night.

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