THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS OF ELOUNDA AND SPINALONGA
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic drive from Agios Nikolaos to picturesque Elounda. The stunning natural landscape of lush green hills and raking fields beautifully complement the pristine sandy beaches and the crystalline waters of the Aegean. Set in the enchanting Mirabello Bay, the quaint fishing village of Elounda is a popular seaside vacation destination that offers spectacular ocean views, archaeological attractions, and a vibrant nightlife. Soak up the sunshine and atmosphere, before we set sail for the peaceful Bay of Elounda. Locally known as the Gulf of Korfos, the natural lagoon of Elounda's harbor is framed by craggy peninsulas and guarded by the island of Spinalonga. The Minoan, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman empires have all been mesmerized and inspired by this truly charming prime location.
For many decades, the island of Spinalonga was a leper colony serving the whole of Greece. After the last remaining sufferers were relocated to a hospital near Athens, the island maintained an eerie presence. If you had asked a local fisherman to take you there by boat, you would have been greeted with complete silence and serenity.
The breathtaking former Venetian bastion was featured in Victoria’s Hislop’s debut novel, ‘The Island’. The natural charm and beauty were showcased on TV, in the ‘To Nisi’ 26-part dramatization for the Greek Mega channel. The recent claim to fame has undoubtedly boosted tourism, as there are now up to 2,000 visitors a day during high season.
On the island, you have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of a nearby bay and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch on the beach.