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October 01, 2008

A holiday in Elounda

We recently had a week's "holiday" on the other side of the island. We hired a car and drove to Elounda, to meet up with some of our family who had come over to Crete. We stayed at the Alykes Apartments. These were right on the sea-front, about 500 metres walk from the main town square. To get there and back you had to run the gauntlet of about 15 tavernas and their touts, or you could go on the main road running behind the sea front parade. This was less hassle, but not as pretty, and a lot steeper.

Alykes Apartments was one of the last buildings as you headed out towards the ancient remains of the sunken city of Olous. A thin man-made causeway then linked the mainland with a small island across the water, equipped with a small bridge for boats to pass under, and some broken windmills.


We had a great view from our balcony, looking out towards the famous island of Spinalonga.


It also had a very prominent 'No diving' sign, since the apartment's swimming pool was directly below our balcony. Spoilsports!


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