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“Loved the swim”

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went swimming in this bay a couple of times and some of the family went snorkeling. They saw parts of what would have been walls and also lots of large stones, possibly from buildings. Lots of fish of differing sizes and species. In all we spent 2 or 3 hours there each visit. Great swimming.

Thank Eve44Brighouse
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

Snorkeling on this ruined city was interesting. Our guide showed us the roads, market place, stairways of the city ruined c1630 BC by a tsunami caused by the earthquake and volcanic eruption in Santorini. The sea was so clear that it was a pleasure tp be in the water.

Thank Pattogden
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

We found this site in our guidebook as well as on TripAdvisor, but found little information about it anywhere else. It will definitely help to do some research ahead of time so that you know what you are looking for/at. Some posters mentioned snorkeling in the area, however, the water was so shallow in parts that we could not figure out how people did it (maybe the water was at a lower point when we visited?). The surrounding beach was pebbly so water shoes would be helpful to protect your feet.

Regardless, you are able to see the outlines of the city's foundation from the road and the surrounding beach. There is a also a mosaic over the bridge by the windmills that was a bit difficult to locate. (For those of you looking for it: After crossing the bridge, take a right and head towards the taverna. Take a left immediately after passing the restaurant and continue back into the field about 50-100 meters. The mosaic will be tucked back behind a wooden fence. The mosaic and floor are the only things remaining from the original structure. There is also a small tan church down the road. Do not confuse that church with the "early basilica" signs which refer to the mosaic/remains of the original structure.)

We rented a car and found parking in the dirt lot over by the windmills. There also seemed to be parking along the road, though it wasn't always clear where parking was allowed or frowned upon.

1  Thank Ginny2128
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

See the photos attached (Hopefully in a helpful sequential order).
The map (north is up) depicts YOU ARE HERE from the Elounda bus station (actually an open air orange kiosk). Walk the (red) route shown on the map going south and then east along the seaside walkway that turns into a road (causeway). The remnants of the Olous walls are sunken on both sides of the causeway. You’ll cross the bridge shown and then approach 3 windmills (without blades). Between the second and third windmill are signs pointing right to the early Christian basilica and to a taverna. On the far side of the taverna is a path along a vegetable garden and at the end of this path is the mosaic (inside a fenced enclosure).

We brought snorkeling gear to view the sunken Olous, but it was much windier in Elounda than in Agios Nikolaos. So we gave the snorkeling a pass.

4  Thank AfricaAtNewYears
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

Was advertised as part of the visits on a Knossos cruise. We sawthe a bridge and 3 windmills??? No real information given on board regarding this attraction. Read up about it on internet on my return

1  Thank pamelah161252
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