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Elounda is a lively Cretan village with more than 1 500 inhabitants. The villages Lower and Higher Elounda, Lower Pines, Mavrikano, Schisma and Plaka all belong to the community of Elounda. Thirty years ago Elounda was a small fishing village with a history of considerable importance. Five tiny villages made up the community of Elounda, only one of which, Schisma, was adjacent to the sea. The total population of these five villages was little more than a thousand and the inhabitants of Schisma were mainly the fishermen whilst the other villagers engaged in farming and forestry.

Today, Elounda is endowed with the big hotels and the excellent taverns and is an important tourist centre. Elounda owns its name to the ancient Greek Olous, which used to be an important ancient city, built on the isthmus that connects Crete to the opposite small Hersonissos, Kolokytha. One can find there the famous salt-works that are no longer used for several years now. There are big reservoirs used for the production of household salt.

Elounda offers a memorable holiday for young and the elderly alike, for the energetic and for those who just wish to laze away their time and also makes an admirable center for those wishing to explore East Crete. It owes its great development to tourism and to its gentle, dry climate. It is said that Elounda and Aghios Nikolaos have the very best climate of Crete.

Elounda offers the tourist the widest possible range of accommodation, some of the most luxurious hotels in Greece are situated on the outskirts of the village and A' B' and C' class hotels are available with a good selection of furnished apartments and villas.

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