Elounda



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Elounda
There is something here for everyone, including walkers and snorkellers. Suits a wide range of budgets. Accommodation ranges from the finest of de luxe hotels and fully equipped complexes to basic self-catering establishments and B&Bs, all found within 1 to 2 mls of the centre. The beach here is small, man-made, coarse sandy beach on the edge of town and a small central patch, but beaches are not one of the resort's strong points. Other small areas can be found along the coast, but it is mainly a pebbly, rocky coastline. Nevertheless, bathing is good and most water sports are available. The nearby sunken Greco-Roman city of Olous is a regular pull for snorkelling enthusiasts. The peninsula provides some attractive, secluded coves with crystal-clear water. Shopping consists of a number of local shops that sell everyday provisions such as food and toiletries; plenty of souvenir shops and a smattering of smart jewellery outlets. 1 or 2 expensive boutiques at the larger hotels but Aghios Nikolaos is a better bet for a wider choice. Entertainment consists of a variety of water sports and sunbathing; local boat trips; archaeological sites; good walking trails. Nightlife is fairly sophisticated evening dining and dancing at the luxury hotels; number of discos, bars and abundance of tavernas hosting Greek music and dancing evenings; other establishments catering for more Western tastes. Any number of local-style tavernas are present for a relaxing and satisfying evening out; hotels provide menus for a more international palate. Also a supply of eateries providing more basic food for the less adventurous. Public transport consists of hourly buses to Aghios Nikolaos; local taxis and many car- or bike-hire outlets. Excursions consist of boat cruises and fishing trips; Venetian fortress on Spinalonga Island, a former leper colony; Aghios Nikolaos. Full day: Minoan palace of Knossos and Heraklion archaeological museum; coastal town of Sitia and nearby Vai Beach, famous for its palm forest; mountain village of Fiesta; Samaria Gorge (long day).