The areas to the east of Crete are characterized by drought and strong winds while in the west by heavy rainfall. This is the main reason that most of the windmills in Crete are found in the prefecture of Lassithi, less in the prefectures of Heraklion and Rethymno and only a few in the prefecture of Chania.
In Elounda, there are three old windmills of a circular shape. They are all of the same type and turn according to the wind direction. Unlike, the windmills at Seli Ampelou and the Nikithianos Windmills that are situated on mountain slopes, the windmills of Elounda are built at a scenic point by the sea, at the place where an artificial canal has been constructed. The windmills are a particularly important architecturally building complex for the area and one of the most distinctive landmarks, as they sit in the area of the ancient sunken city of Olous.