Elounda is located 10km north of Agios Nikolaos, near the northwest side of the Bay of Mirabello. It is famous for its expensive and luxurious hotels that host celebrities from all over the world. Apart from its glamorous character, Elounda has to offer visitors some of the most beautiful landscapes in Crete. These landscapes are highly dominated by the majestic small beaches of Elounda.
The most popular beach of the area is located east of Elounda, in Skisma area. The beach is adjacent to the harbor and is very well organized by the local municipality. Here you can swim next to small hotels and taverns of Elounda. The beach is sandy and the water is always calm due to the tranquil lagoon of Korfos. Apart from the classic provisions (umbrellas, showers, etc.), there are facilities for beach volley, a playground and water sports.
If from Elounda you follow the route along the coast after the east end of the town, you will reach the second beach of Hiona (also known as Poros). Note that there is another beach called Hiona near Palekastro. Hiona is sandy and well organized with umbrellas, showers, lifeguard and water sports. Next to it passes the road leading to the Spinalonga Peninsula, running alongside the old salt pans. This road, after a short spectacular route through mills, an scenic bridge with a canal, and terraces, stops near the chapel of Saint Luke. From here begins the short path to the beautiful beach of Kolokitha.
Name Chiona means "carob storehouse" in the Cretan dialect and is taken after the storehouses that were usually built next to the shore in order to transfer carobs with ships. Indeed, there are still remains of such a building on Chiona beach. Poros name is taken after the Greek word for canal, located next to the windmills of Poros.
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