So have just come back from a relaxing holiday in Crete. It is a lovely island and great for rustic photography. Here is a short summary of our holiday.
Hotel: Elounda Mare hotel, Relais & Chateaux
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
This is a lovely hotel located on the beachfront in Elounda. It is a very rustic hotel with some amazing sea views and charming exterior. In addition, the hotel grounds are massive with amazing views and a lovely beach.
You can also use their nearby sister hotels for beaches or kids daycare. The hotel arranges a free shuttle anytime you ask for it.
I was disappointed with the Breakfast, which is limited and very uninspiring for a Mediterranean hotel and extremely limited room service after 11 pm. However, they more than make up for it with delicious lunches and dinners and great service
So overall it's a great hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can’t wait to go back!
This a truly charming rustic Greek town with many local sovenier shops and authentic restaurants.
Rating; 5 out of 5
This is a small Greek restaurant near Elounda bay. The food is very authentic and absolutely scrumptious. True taste of Mediterenean cuisine.
In addition, the service is fantastic and very friendly
Highly recommend it.
Rating: 3 out of 5
This is a lovely restaurant located in Elounda village. The service is great and staff are very helpful and friendly.
However, the food was disappointing. It was very average and catered for tourists. Some dishes were good while others very average
Hit and miss sort of place.
Blue Sea Restaurant, Elounda
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
This restaurant is by Elounda town beach area. The service and food were absolutely fantastic and the location is stunning.
In addition, they have high chairs for babies so that was great.
The Greek meatballs in tomato sauce were amazing! Highly recommend them.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Spinalonga is a small island near Elounda. Spinalonga has a long history due to its strategic location but up until the 1950s it was used as a leper colony and is also known as the leper island. It is the last European leper colony.
It is a fortified island about 20 min by boat from Elounda. You can get tickets from Elounda harbour for only €10 per person. However, the boats are not really on a particular schedule and no information is provided re pick up from the island so be preformed to wait - which can be very annoying in the heat.
The island itself is uninhabited and has some stunning views. It also includes ruins of the leper colony and the fort.
Definitely worth a visit but the disorganised boats annoyed me.
This is the main town of the Elounda region. It's bustling with shops and tourists and has some lovely silver jewelry to offer.
There are numerous restaurants and cafes along the marina and the lake so great place for shopping and chilling!
However, prices can be greatly inflated on local wares compared to surrounding towns.