The area of Elounda is one of the most popular sea-side resorts in Crete and the first choice for luxurious holidays on the island, offering all the necessary infrastructure in a scenery of unique beauty. Once being a small fishing village, it is a pole of attraction to hundreds of thousand villages each year, including famous VIPs of all industries. In Elounda, visitors may find restaurants, cafes, stores etc. From the small yet picturesque port of Elounda, small boats cross the gulf transporting visitors to Spinalonga on daily cruises.
Allow yourself to be charmed by the peaceful gulf with its wonderful microclimate, visit the Canal with the majestic windmills, visit the historic islet of Spinalonga, walk around the picturesque Plaka and enjoy your meal in one of the famous fish taverns, explore Ano Elounda and admire the traditional Cretan architecture, the place where served as a television shooting set for the TV adaptation of Victoria Hislop’s book The Island. All the above are within a small driving distance from Villa Marina, your luxurious base. Soon, you will discover that it is no coincidence that Elounda has been established among international celebrities as a destination choice.
The gulf of Merabello and the province that carries its name where named after the fortress of Mirabello, build under the supervision of the Genoese Enrico Pescatore on a hill that now belongs to the city of Aghios Nikolaos. The term Mirabello means “nice view” and this view will serve as a companion to you in every corner of the area, as it is found everywhere, in the traditional villages, Byzantine churches and archaeological areas of great importance. Essences of olive-trees, locust-trees, almond-trees, thyme and oregano aromatize the scene. Explore the beautiful villages that preserve the Cretan architecture and their traditional vibe, villages like Fourni, Karydi, Vrouhas as well as the lordly Kritsa and Kroustas, where the local cuisine is worth exploring. Visit the archaeological area of the Doran city of Driros that is found close to Neapoli as well as the archaeological area of Latos near the village of Kritsa. One of the most powerful ancient cities of Crete was found here in the area of unique beauty. A visit to the monastery of Aretio and the Byzantine churches of Kritsa is also a must. The area of Merabello is one of the most particular and picturesque areas of Crete, with many natural beauties and points of interest.
The sea-side city of Aghios Nikolaos is less than 10km for Villa Marina. Particularly picturesque, the city of Aghios Nikolaos is featured by the lake called Voulismeni that is framed by beautiful cafes and restaurants, as well as a small port that comes alive and is a favourite among locals and visitors during the summer months. Another meeting point worth walking around is the magnificent Kitroplatia with its small beach, its restaurants and cafes. Neoclassical buildings decorate the main streets of the city and stores of all kinds are at your disposal. Enjoy the lively night life while sipping a refreshing cocktail. In Aghios Nikolaos, you will find many restaurants with quality, creative cuisine (Cretan, Mediterranean or international) as well as restaurants that offer fresh fish and sea-food dishes.