In Greek, Elafonisi means "Deer Island". This is, indeed, an island, which is either separated by the sea, or connected by a sandy spit to the "mainland" part of Crete.
This place is located away from noisy resorts, the road here passes through a mountain serpentine. But this should not stop or scare you, because you will not see such beauty anywhere!
Elafonisi is located almost on the most southwestern point of Crete, 75 kilometers from the city of Chania.
Elafonisi beach is famous for its pink sand. This color of the sand was obtained by mixing small fragments of shells and ground corals.
In 2017, this beach was on the list of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world.
The beach is well equipped. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay: umbrellas, sun loungers, toilets, changing cabins, beach activities.
In many places, the depth of the sea is only one meter. Therefore, if you like to dive or swim in the depths, you will have to walk closer to the island.
If you wish to spend a couple of days on the beach, there are several mini-hotels nearby where you can stay. But check availability and book in advance. Thousands of tourists come here during the season.
In order not to catch crowds of people on the beach, come here early - by 9-10 am. Keep in mind that on weekends all beaches are crowded from morning to evening.
How to reach:
- By bus from the central bus station of Chania.
- By rented car. On the road from Chania to the west. Before entering Kissamos there is a crossroad where you need to turn left. Continue moving deeper. Follow the signs.