What to do at Elounda - Plaka
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Elounda - Plaka
Elounda, called sometimes the San Tropez of Crete, was once a picturesque fishing village. It has a spectacular coastline, shaded beaches, crystal clear waters and is of archaeological interest. It is neither too busy nor too isolated. In Elounda, you will find one of the most important archaeological sites of Cretan history, the sunken city of ancient Olous.
Olous is located a kilometre east along the waterfront from the modern harbour at Skisma. On a calm day when there are no waves on the sea, you will be able to see the rubbles of the streets and alleyways of the sunken city just by standing at the water’s edge. It is a great place for snorkelers and divers to explore.
Just 5 km north of Elounda, located in Mirabello bay, you will find the tiny fishing village of Plaka. In Plaka, you can find picturesque fish taverns and wonderful traditional houses that give the impression that time has stopped. It’s a quiet tourist resort, with few accommodation choices (apartments and studios) and 2 beautiful pebble beaches. Exploring the region you will find north of Plaka the Vrouchas village that has some old windmills. You can continue east to approach the lighthouse of the Cape of Aforesmenos which is at the northwestern point of the great Gulf of Mirabello. Just before you will meet the modern version of the windmills of Vrouchas, i.e. the large wind farm of the area.
Opposite Plaka you can see the famous leper colony, the island of Spinalonga. The island has a rich history starting from ancient times. Due to its strategic position, it was fortified and through the times it had different uses.
During the times of Ancient Olous, it protected and guarded the port of the town. Later on, during the Venetian rule, the Venetians created salt pans around the island and harvested the salt. Because of the pirate threat and the expansionist aspirations of the Ottomans they improved the defence facilities making Spinalonga a fortress island. When the Ottomans occupied Crete, Spinalonga was inhabited by Turkish families because of the security it was offering. Merchants and sailors used this security to control the trading routes of the Eastern Meditteranean.
In 1903 the island became a leprosarium until 1957. The lepers formed a little community of their own in their exile. They continued to work, get educated and live with dignity until 1957. During the Second World War, they remained unaffected as the Germans did not dare to install a guard which gave the sick people freedom. We can take a glimpse of how the lives of the lepers were from the famous novel The Island by Victoria Hislop, a historical novel that was later made as a tv series. In 1970, Spinalonga was declared a protected archaeological site. You can find excursions in both Plaka and Elounda.
How to go to Elounda?
Elounda is just taking approximately 50 min drive from Heraklion international airport (HER) and 2 hours 50 min from Chania Airport (CHQ) International Airport. You can collect the car directly at Chania airport or at Heraklion airport ( HER) so you can get on the road at once. Alternatively, if you are arriving by boat, a car rental in Souda Port or Heraklion Port can be brought to you when you disembark.
Also, you can collect the car directly outside of your hotel or apartment.
Boats depart daily for Spinalonga from Plaka, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos. You can combine it with a visit to the cosmopolitan city, Agios Nikolaos and a boat trip to Spinalonga.
The journey to Elounda can be made either by renting a car which is the best way to explore Crete, for travellers who prefer to make their own itinerary. Many interesting villages and settlements, Cretan beaches, monuments, cosmopolitan cities and reveal the magnificent of Crete.
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