The road into Elounda from Agios Nikolaos is approximately 12 km in length and follows the shore as it climbs to the top of a small mountain. On a clear day it is possible to see the whole of Mirabello Bay and all the way to the eastern tip of Crete. The small fishing village of Plaka (Lasithi), which overlooks the island of Spinalonga and the Kolikithia Peninsula, can be reached a mere 5 km from the main square of Elounda heading north away from Agios Nikolaos.
It is also the closest major town to the former leper colony of Spinalonga (Greek: Σπιναλόγκα), located on an island officially named Kalydon (Greek: Καλυδών). Elounda is a famous tourist attraction, heavily visited by VIPs for its seaside luxury resorts. Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou used to spend his summers in Elounda; today, it is visited almost every year by the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
Elounda was used for the filming of the popular BBC television series "Who Pays the Ferryman?" in the late 1970s. It is the setting for the Belinda Jones novel "Out of the Blue." It features in Victoria Hislop's novel "The Island", the novel is also being adapted for Greek television, set to air as a mini series starting in October 2010 and the brilliant "Yannis" by Beryl Darby, fiction laced with many facts researched by the author.
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