Discover Elounda

Elounda is the shining jewel of Lasithi Prefecture and the stunning ornament of the island of Crete altogether. Visited and enjoyed by celebrities, politicians and famous people, Elounda area offers luxury hotels or residencies of high-class categories.

The center of Agios Nikolaos

city is the best choice for shopping in the area as it has the biggest variety of shops of all kinds. You can shop high quality leather goods, jewelry, articles of traditional Cretan art, minoan copies and local cosmetics, food products and delicacies.

Cretan cuisine

is globally considered as one of the healthiest. The visitor must taste fresh fish, greens and herbs, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, legumes, meat, honey, raki and wines.


  • The Ancient Olous, a Minoan city-state with its own currency, sunk in the shallow sea.
  • The small island of Spinalonga and the beach of Kolokytha.
  • The monasteries and churches of the north Mirabello, known as the Athos of Crete
  • The church of Virgin Mary, a church of 14th century, near the village of Kritsa
  • The Ancient Lato near Kritsa , one of the well-preserved towns of the Minoan era.
  • The stone windmills at Canal, Vrouhas, and Louma
  • The “Katharo Plateau”, with paleontological findings
  • The Gaidouronisi (island of donkeys) or Cryssi
  • Mohlos (archaeological site – fishing-village).
  • The southern beaches of the prefecture (Ahlia, Mavros Kolympos etc.).
  • The southern beaches of the prefecture (Ahlia, Mavros Kolympos etc.).


If you wish to visit places that Crete is proud of possessing, then you have a lot of places and spots to choose from:

  • The archaeological site of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
  • The Dikteon Cave in the Lassithi Plateau
  • The Toplou Monastery in Sitia
  • The palm forest beach of Vai at Sitia
  • The Samaria Gorge and Chora Sfakiwn in the prefecture of Chania
  • The Arkadi Monastery in north Rethymnon
  • The traditional village of Anogia
  • Chania city and Rethymnon city
  • The Elafonissi beach in Chania prefecture


Magnificent beaches can be found within the Mirabello bay and along the coasts of Lassithi.

These are our suggestions:

Agios Nikolaos has many beaches to offer, both in the town itself or its environs, 3-4 kilometres from the centre:

  • Ammoudi beach (city center)
  • Kitroplateia beach (city center)
  • Gargadoros beach (city center)
  • Almyros beach (1 km from city center)
  • Ammoudara beach (3 km from city center)
  • Havania beach (2 km from city center)

Elounda area:

  • Elounda municipal beach (Elounda center)
  • Plaka beach (in Plaka)

Kalo Chorio & Ierapetra area:

  • Istron bay (13 km south of Aghios Nikolaos)
  • Voulisma beach (13 km south of Aghios Nikolaos)
  • Makrigialos (60 km south of Aghios Nikolaos)
  • Aghia Fotia beach (47 km south of Aghios Nikolaos)