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Top Attractions in Crete, Spinalonga Archaeological Site
Top Attractions in Crete
Sunrise View of Spinalonga Top Attractions in Crete
Spinalonga

Attractions in Crete

Legendary Elounda

Natural beauty, guaranteed good weather, unparalleled history, and a truly unique local spirit make everything feel special in Elounda. Open-hearted and in touch with the essence of Crete, from the Minoans of four millennia ago to your smiling concierge, this place is unlike any other you’ve ever visited.

Cinematic views and endless attractions in Crete offer opportunities for cultural exploration, adventure on land and sea, and self-discovery. We don’t use the word transformative lightly. A stay here is life-changing.

  • Famous, mysterious, imposing

    As you gaze towards the aquatic horizon, Spinalonga shines as one of the best places to visit in Elounda and one of the top attractions in Crete. Originally fortified in antiquity, it was a fortress in the 16th century, a shelter for refugees and rebels in the Cretan War, and later a leper colony.

    Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Domes of Elounda is the best place to hop on the boat and visit Spinalonga’s labyrinth of period buildings, discovering its haunting history and legends.

    Couple Walking through the Small Alleys of Pano Elounda Traditional Village
    Couple Spending Time in Pano Elounda Traditional Village
    Stone Built Residence in Elounda Crete
  • Authentic Local Color

    Just a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos – an authentically Cretan town whose attractions include the ancient Voulismeni lake, an archaeological museum, the islet of Agioi Pantes and vibrant nightlife.

    It’s also a window to the genuine and unique spirit and lifestyle of Cretans, famously personified by the legendary Zorba the Greek. You can also visit charming villages like Elounda, and a wealth of the best beaches in Crete – from traditional farms to monasteries, Samaria Gorge and Vai, the largest palm tree forest in Europe.

    Elounda Town Port and Main Beach
    Couple at the Plaka Port with Spinalonga Island in the Background
    Panoramic View of Elounda Gulf and Kolokytha Island
    Traditional Fishing Boats in Elounda
    Instagram-Worthy Spot in Elounda
  • In the Footsteps of the Ancients

    You’d be remiss to visit Crete and not make the trip to one of the most important archaeological sites in Crete, and the world, the birthplace of Western civilization.

    The ancient city of Minoan Knossos dates back to 4,000 BC. The myth of the Minotaur, Daedalus, and Icarus, who took flight over the Aegean with wings made of wax, all take place here. Second only to the Parthenon, Knossos palace takes you on a journey to the distant past of Crete.

    Knossos Palace Attraction in Crete
    Interior Wall Painting with Dolphins in Knossos Palace
    Throne Room in Knossos Palace
  • Family Day Out

    A kaleidoscope of marine life, CretAquarium hosts 2,000 sea creatures from the Aegean and Mediterranean basin in its 60 tanks. Less than an hour from Domes of Elounda is the most popular water park and aquarium on Crete.

    Acqua Plus Water Park offers aquatic experiences aplenty for all ages, including dedicated children’s spaces and adults-only sections with extreme slides!

    Kid Happy at the Pool
    Kid Watching a Shark in Aquarium Crete
    Kids in Aquarium Crete Observe Fishes Inside a Tank

Travel with Avis

Make your next trip truly memorable by booking a mesmerizing stay at our resort along with your vehicle of choice to accompany you on your next adventure.

Ask us, and we’ll put together the perfect excursion for you and your family.

Elounda’s myriad mysteries and secrets await.
Visit them this summer.