80 km of coastline, over 70 beaches, 27 Blue Flags
The municipality’s coastal zone consists of many interesting places that are surely worth a visit, such as Elounda, Plaka, Sissi, Milatos, Kalo Chorio, and other smaller villages.
All these places are developed, giving the opportunity for a wealth of activities for everyone. Scenic beaches, luxurious hotels, rooms to rent, traditional taverns, and tourist attractions are only few of the reasons why these areas are more developed and popular.
Elounda is built on the southern shores of the bay of the ancient city of Olous, which is where it got its modern name. A world-renowned tourist resort, north of Agios Nikolaos, with scenic beaches, wind-protected sandy shores, crystal clear waters and a serene ambiance.
Elounda is one of the most famous tourist destinations worldwide, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The area is filled with 5star hotels, as well as smaller rooms to let. The island of Spinalonga, one of Greece’s most known historical places is located in the area of Elounda.
Clinging to the craggy foothills of the Dikti range, Kritsa is one of the oldest and prettiest mountain villages in eastern Crete. The upper village with its web of narrow, car-free lanes is especially atmospheric. Along the main strip, Kritsotopoulas, you'll find charming cafes, shops slinging local products and surprisingly sophisticated boutiques.
Away from the village, rugged Kritsa Gorge, the romantic ruins of Ancient Lato and the church of Panagia Kera, with its stunning Byzantine frescoes, are all worth your attention.This tiny triple-aisled church on the main road shelters Crete's best-preserved Byzantine frescoes. The oldest in the central nave (13th century) depict scenes surrounding the life of Christ.