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An excursion to Crete’s most charming villages and towns


Nothing captures that summer feeling quite as much as an excursion to a beautiful new destination, and Crete is teeming with such locales! Each village has a story to tell, every seaside town has its own intriguing culture, and the good news is that there are so many wonderful places to visit only a short drive from Elounda Gulf Villas.

Agios Nikolaos is a haven on Crete’s golden shore with an abundance of sights to see; visitors are drawn in by its vibrant art scene as well as the quaint landmarks which dot this picturesque town.

Of these spots, Lake Voulismeni is especially well known and holds a special place in the hearts of locals and travellers alike for its postcard-perfect views. A walk down one of its many gorgeous waterfronts is all it takes to cleanse your soul; only a fifteen-minute drive from Elounda Gulf Villas, this is the place to be in the summer!

For a more intimate feel, Kritsa is just a 20-minute ride from the hotel, enveloped by Crete’s Mediterranean forestry on the side of Mount Dikte. This village will steal your heart with its adorable alleyways filled with touristy little shops, as well as the always-welcoming locals, happy to share their warm ‘philoxenia’ with visitors from “out of town”. Snap a photo with one of its many friendly donkeys or visit the Panagia Kera church on its outskirts and admire its Byzantine frescoes.

Yet another charming destination, Fourni is a collection of three lovely villages only 20 minutes by Elounda Gulf Villas by car. They stand out for being interspersed with graceful Venetian buildings and monasteries from the 16th and 17th centuries and interconnected by dreamy country lanes, flanked by slender cypresses and Eucalyptus trees. These character-filled hideouts imbue the true essence of Crete and will colour any stay with their radiant views.

No visit to Elounda could be complete without a stroll in its neighbouring villages and towns, each rich in defining features, breathtaking vistas and the element of “philoxenia”. Make your vacation with us all the more memorable by discovering local culture through these wonderful day trips.

At Elounda Gulf Villas we are always more than happy to provide ample recommendations to our guests, as well as a wealth of private, tailor-made experiences to suit any and every taste!

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