Colourful buildings and turquoise waters make holidays to Elounda bright and blissful – get ready for a relaxed intro to Greece's best bits.

A little patch of paradise

Tucked away in a northern pocket of the Greek island of Crete, this small town's soaked in seaside atmosphere. Stroll past hand-painted fishing boats or cruise over to the white sand and cool waters of Mirabello Bay.

Greek eats on the waterfront

Food in Greece is a form of expression – and in Crete that means fish at a waterfront taverna. After a few rounds of tender calamari, switch to other local specialities like slow-cooked lamb in smoky pita wraps. Find a place to perch and rest up for dancing after dark as the bars start mixing cocktails and pumping out music.

Pint-sized marvel

The rocky islet of Spinalonga Island has made a name for itself since 1526. Catch the 15-minute ferry from Elounda to check out the museums and marvel at the ruins. This outcrop's only the size of a few football pitches, so there won't be much walking once you're there.

At a Glance

  • Bask on the golden sands of Elounda Beach
  • Sail to Spinalonga Island to check out the ruins
  • Try authentic Greek food in traditional tavernas

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