Elounda is a place-name that is easy to pronounce, but difficult to describe. It is a place that can only be experienced personally, to live forever thereafter in your dreams. The visitor can enjoy the delights of the sea by bathing in the crystal clear waters of Elounda’s beaches, six of which are awarded the Blue Flag by the EU annually. The municipal beach is located just next to the port. It is a fully organized facility, ideal for water sports, with restaurants and cafes nearby, where thousands of visitors gather every year. Eight hundred metres beyond Shisma are the award-winning blue flag beaches of Hiona and Poros. Another beach ideal for swimming is that located after the Canal and called Kolokitha beach. If you have a little patience, you could take your car over the canal, and taking the dirt road to the right drive towards the church of Aghios Lucas. From here you descend the track on foot to reach Kolokithas beach with its blue-green waters.