Unlock Crete

Ancient history, stunning landscapes, and modern luxury are what Eastern Crete is made of.
From the captivating shores of Elounda to the majestic heights of the Lassithi Plateau, Elounda Peninsula will be your ideal gateway to an unforgettable Cretan adventure.
Here is a Top-10 of sites and activities to put in your bucket list:

Explore Elounda, Plaka and Spinaloga

Immerse yourself in the charm of Elounda, a trio of villages with a view of the Venetian castle on Kalydon Island, home to the famous “Spinalonga” fortress. Take a boat trip to Spinalonga and indulge in the seaside delights of Plaka.

Venture into the unspoiled beauty of the “Upper Mirabello.” Enjoy panoramic views from the village of Vrouhas, visit the stone-built lighthouse at the cape of St. John, and explore the serene Aretiou Monastery in the mountainous landscape.

Embark on a yachting paradise with our sailing and motor yachts. Cruise to secluded seascapes, from the beach on “Glaronisi” to the ancient Minoan ruins in the fishing village of Mohlos.

Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Mirabello Bay with a unique scuba diving experience, including a mesmerizing night dive with torches. Explore the underwater world and encounter sleeping fish in total serenity.

Stroll through the vibrant capital of Aghios Nikolaos, centered around the volcanic “Vouliagmeni” (sunken lake). Enjoy shopping, cafes, and eateries, surrounded by red rocks and trees on the western slopes of the lake.

Venture to the traditional village of Kritsa, visit the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera, and hike through the beautiful Kritsa canyon. Discover the ancient acropolis of Lato and savor a snack in the charming village of Panagia.

Uncover the hidden cave of Zeus, Dikteon Andron, after a scenic drive through Neapoli and Vryses. Explore the Lassithi Plateau, surrounded by 2000-meter peaks, and immerse yourself in the mythological birthplace of Zeus.

Dive into the mesmerizing marine world at CretAquarium, the largest site of its kind in the Mediterranean. Explore diverse sea life in a contemporary building designed like a ship, providing a unique educational and recreational adventure.

For golf enthusiasts, experience the unique 18-hole “Desert Style” golf course in Hersonissos. Combining modern infrastructure, international golf standards, and a majestic landscape, it’s the perfect setting for the joys of the sport.

Conclude your Crete adventure by savoring the local tradition of drinking raki. This strong grape-based spirit is a cultural experience best enjoyed in the company of locals. Embrace the warmth of Cretan hospitality and toast to the memories created in this enchanting destination.

Unveil the ancient art of winemaking amidst the picturesque landscapes of Crete. With a legacy dating back millennia, Cretan wineries blend tradition with innovation, crafting wines that capture the essence of the island’s terroir. Indulge in tastings that reveal the complexity of Cretan wine.

Explore the spiritual sanctuaries that dot the Cretan landscape. From the secluded St. George Monastery in Selinari to the formidable walls of Toplou Monastery, immerse yourself in the tranquility and history of these sacred sites. Marvel at Byzantine icons and medieval architecture, discovering the stories of devotion and endurance etched into their stone walls.

Venture into the heart of Crete’s natural wonders at Amazonas Park, where an enchanting world of exotic animals awaits. With educational programs and interactive experiences, Amazonas Park invites visitors of all ages to connect with nature and foster a deeper appreciation for the planet’s biodiversity.

Delve into the ancient art of olive oil production at Bioaroma, where time-honored traditions meet modern sustainability. Nestled in the verdant landscapes of Agios Nikolaos, this pioneering farm offers a glimpse into the world of organic cosmetics and fragrances. Witness the meticulous process of oil extraction, from field to bottle.

Step back in time and embark on a journey through Crete’s storied past with an antique car rental experience. From sleek vintage convertibles to classic roadsters, choose your chariot and wind along scenic coastal roads and picturesque villages, savoring the freedom of the open road and the nostalgia of days gone by.

Set sail on an unforgettable journey to the fabled island of Santorini, where whitewashed villages cling to dramatic cliffs above the azure sea. Departing from the shores of Crete, embark on a luxury yacht and cruise across the waters of the Aegean. Marvel at the breathtaking vistas as Santorini’s iconic caldera comes into view, a testament to the raw power of nature’s artistry.

Trace the footsteps of Minoan Crete at the legendary palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Crete. Marvel at the intricate frescoes and grand architecture of Knosos that offer a glimpse into a bygone era of opulence and innovation. Then, venture into the depths of history at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, where treasures from Neolithic times to the Roman Empire are brought to life.

& Bars
in Elounda


Set around an ancient millstone


The restaurant is awarded with the ‘’top notch award‘’ as one of the best restaurants in Greece.


The Deck restaurant at the elounda mare hotel is a perfect setting for the beginning of the day.