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Greek: Ελούντα), alternative transliterations Elounta or Elouda, is a small fishing town on the northern coast of the island of Crete, Greece. It is part of the municipality of Agios Nikolaos, until recently (2010) belonging to the prefecture of Lasithi and as of the passage of new legislation, the periphery of Crete.Elounda is formed of seven towns and an un-inhabitant island area. The town of Schisma is by far the most populated one and is often understood as 'Elounda Centre'.The city of Elounda has a total of 2.185 inhabitants according to countings from 2001. The areas making up the city are (at least since the re-organisation of 2011-01-01) with Greek names and head count

:Agia Paraskevi – Αγία Παρασκευή – 39 Epano Elounda – Επάνω Ελούντα – 154
Epano Pines – Επάνω Πινές – 59
Kalydon – Καλυδών (un-inhabitant island area)
Kato Elounda – Κάτω Ελούντα – 63
Kato Pines – Κάτω Πινές – 66
Mavrikiano – Μαυρικιανό – 149
Schisma – Σχίσμα – 1.655



The area of Kalydon is made up of the island of Spinalonga, the Peninsula Spinalonga and the island of Kolokythas along with other smaller maritime structures.
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. The view from the top is incomparable; 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.


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