Domes of Elounda

Beach, Spinalonga, Local Attractions & More

Why Crete
and why Elounda?

Natural beauty, guaranteed good weather, unparalleled history and a truly unique local spirit and lifestyle mean everything feels special in Elounda – open-hearted and in touch with the essence of life, from the Minoans of 4 millennia ago to your smiling concierge.

Your spot in paradise is reserved

The hotel’s private beach
Domes of Elounda all suites and villas resort boasts a fully private beach lined with olive trees and equipped with all the amenities you may desire as you bask in the sun.

Wooden decking, comfortable furniture, quiet zones, water sports, golden sand, a superb beach bar and a wide range of beverages, drinks and snacks mean you’ll want for nothing.

But it’s the timeless charm of the crystal clear waters themselves – cool, safe, inviting – and the stunning backdrop of Spinalonga island that make Driros Beach so memorable, as the rays of the sun play along the surf.

Famous, mysterious, imposing

Elounda & Spinalonga
Many a jet-setter, island-hopper and wanderluster has found the haven they’ve been seeking in the arms of Elounda. In Mirabello Bay on Crete’s northern coast, Elounda enjoys fantastic weather season-round.

Domes of Elounda boasts its own private beach, equipped with every seaside amenity you can think of. It’s just a few steps from the door of your Elounda suite or villa. Elounda's harbour, the Gulf of Korfos, is a natural lagoon of immense beauty.

As you gaze towards the aquatic horizon, the islet of Spinalonga shines in the midday sun. 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, Crete’s Spinalonga is the setting of an acclaimed novel by Victoria Hislop, and one of the area’s most captivating landmarks.

Domes of Elounda is the best place to hop on the boat and visit Spinalonga’s labyrinth of period buildings, becoming privy to its haunting history and legends.

In the Footsteps of the Ancients

Knossos, Olous & beyond
You’d be remiss to visit Crete and not make the trip to the birthplace of Western civilisation. Easily accessible by car from the hotel, the ancient city of Knossos date back to 4,000 BC.

This is where real-life king Minos ruled, immortalised in myths, from his three-storey palace in bold colours and ornamental details.

Ever heard of the Minotaur, the beast who guarded the Labyrinth? How about Daedalus and Icarus, who took flight over the Aegean with wings made of wax? These charming myths and many more all take place here.

Second only to the Parthenon, the evocative Knossos takes you on a journey to the distant past of Crete and is truly not to be missed.

But there’s ancient history even closer to home. The mesmerising sunken ruins of the city of Olous, once home to 30,000 Minoans, are in the waters of Elounda Bay.

A worship centre for Artemis and Zeus, the father of the gods, this city continued to blossom until the early centuries AD. For a magical experience, you can even scuba dive in these ancient ruins.

When you’re in Crete, you truly walk among myths and legends.

Family Days Out

Aquarium & Water Park
From the ancient murals of Knossos to Soma Spa, water is celebrated on Crete. There is, of course, more.

A kaleidoscope of marine life, CretAquarium hosts 2,000 sea creatures from the Aegean and Mediterranean basin in its 60 tanks. It is run by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and draws in thousands of visitors.

Meanwhile, less than an hour from Domes of Elounda is the most popular water park 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! It will also treat you to magnificent vistas of the Aegean Sea.

We can arrange your visit to these and plenty other family attractions.

Authentic Local Colour

Nearby Towns & Villages
Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection is just a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos – an authentically Cretan town whose attractions include ancient lagoon Voulismeni, an archaeological museum, the islet of Agioi Pantes, a flower exhibition and more.

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 and a wealth of beaches, nature spots and other attractions – from olive groves to monasteries, mountains and plateaus.

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.

Why Crete
and why Elounda?

Natural beauty, guaranteed good weather, unparalleled history and a truly unique local spirit and lifestyle mean everything feels special in Elounda – open-hearted and in touch with the essence of life, from the Minoans of 4 millennia ago to your smiling concierge.

Domes of Elounda all suites and villas resort boasts a fully private beach lined with olive trees and equipped with all the amenities you may desire as you bask in the sun.

Wooden decking, comfortable furniture, quiet zones, water sports, golden sand, a superb beach bar and a wide range of beverages, drinks and snacks mean you’ll want for nothing.

But it’s the timeless charm of the crystal clear waters themselves – cool, safe, inviting – and the stunning backdrop of Spinalonga island that make Driros Beach so memorable, as the rays of the sun play along the surf.

Many a jet-setter, island-hopper and wanderluster has found the haven they’ve been seeking in the arms of Elounda. In Mirabello Bay on Crete’s northern coast, Elounda enjoys fantastic weather season-round.

Domes of Elounda boasts its own private beach, equipped with every seaside amenity you can think of. It’s just a few steps from the door of your Elounda suite or villa. Elounda's harbour, the Gulf of Korfos, is a natural lagoon of immense beauty.

As you gaze towards the aquatic horizon, the islet of Spinalonga shines in the midday sun. 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, Crete’s Spinalonga is the setting of an acclaimed novel by Victoria Hislop, and one of the area’s most captivating landmarks.

Domes of Elounda is the best place to hop on the boat and visit Spinalonga’s labyrinth of period buildings, becoming privy to its haunting history and legends.

You’d be remiss to visit Crete and not make the trip to the birthplace of Western civilisation. Easily accessible by car from the hotel, the ancient city of Knossos date back to 4,000 BC.

This is where real-life king Minos ruled, immortalised in myths, from his three-storey palace in bold colours and ornamental details.

Ever heard of the Minotaur, the beast who guarded the Labyrinth? How about Daedalus and Icarus, who took flight over the Aegean with wings made of wax? These charming myths and many more all take place here.

Second only to the Parthenon, the evocative Knossos takes you on a journey to the distant past of Crete and is truly not to be missed.

But there’s ancient history even closer to home. The mesmerising sunken ruins of the city of Olous, once home to 30,000 Minoans, are in the waters of Elounda Bay.

A worship centre for Artemis and Zeus, the father of the gods, this city continued to blossom until the early centuries AD. For a magical experience, you can even scuba dive in these ancient ruins.

When you’re in Crete, you truly walk among myths and legends.

From the ancient murals of Knossos to Soma Spa, water is celebrated on Crete. There is, of course, more.

A kaleidoscope of marine life, CretAquarium hosts 2,000 sea creatures from the Aegean and Mediterranean basin in its 60 tanks. It is run by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and draws in thousands of visitors.

Meanwhile, less than an hour from Domes of Elounda is the most popular water park 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! It will also treat you to magnificent vistas of the Aegean Sea.

We can arrange your visit to these and plenty other family attractions.

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection is just a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos – an authentically Cretan town whose attractions include ancient lagoon Voulismeni, an archaeological museum, the islet of Agioi Pantes, a flower exhibition and more.

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 and a wealth of beaches, nature spots and other attractions – from olive groves to monasteries, mountains and plateaus.

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

Award-winning and internationally recognised
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