Funny little fact  picked up from a book on the history of Elounda written by the local headmaster...

One of the reasons that this area of Crete (Elounda Bay in particular) has been so covetted by invaders over the centuries, is the salt!

There are still salt pans at the far end of elounda, near the Causeway, but  the main pans were right here, in the main square as it is now!

The salt was collected for many years, into the 20th Century, by the locals, working by hand.  Now that salt is not such a valiuable commodity, thius is no longer done, and it's kind of a shame as it has always been a source of income locally for so many centuries, but on the plus side the only invaders now come on coaches and planes for a couple of weeks.