If you want to discover for yourself some exotic small island, covered by sand dunes and the beaches with pink sand and tropical waters you don’t have to travel so far away to find it. This one is situated in south-west ...
If you want to discover for yourself some exotic small island, covered by sand dunes and the beaches with pink sand and tropical waters you don’t have to travel so far away to find it. This one is situated in south-west side of Crete and called Elafonissi. It is a protected national park according to European Act Natura 2000.
Another reason that Elafonisi is included in the protected areas of Natura, is because here lay the Caretta-Caretta turtles.
So there you will have your time to enjoy the view and bath, or just to have some dinner or cup of coffee.
Elafonisi is the most exotic beach of Crete, 5 km from the Monastery of Chrysoskalitisa and about 70km south of Chania city. It is an isolated area, ideal for swimming. The islet near the coast, gives the impression of a lagoon.
Elafonisi is a long peninsula which is separated and creates a long beach and an islet opposite it. It has been included in the protected areas Natura, as it is full of dunes with sand lilies and cedars. Also, Elafonisi is visited by the endangered turtles careta careta and many species of rare animals. It is strictly forbidden to cut plants or even get a bottle of sand with you.
The peninsula forms beautiful beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, reminiscent of exotic Caribbean landscape. The sand in many places is pink from the thousands of broken shells. At the point where it breaks the peninsula the water does not exceed 1 meter and creates a small lagoon, ideal for children.
The east side of the beach, facing the lagoon, is organized and attracts many visitors. There are umbrellas, showers, lifeguard, cafeterias and changing rooms. Also, behind the beach there is a huge area for parking. The beaches on both sides of the island are less crowded and more beautiful. If you want to isolate yourself completely, or even do nudity, you can walk along the peninsula to find a cove that you like.
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Useful things to know before you go
Elafonissi is a tiny island with white sand, separated from the shore by a lagoon no more than a metre deep.
Elafonissi means “deer island”, but you won’t see any deer on the island or in the surrounding area. The island is 75 kilometres from Hania and it will take you about an hour and a half to get here.
On the way you will see Chrissoskalitissa (or Chrysoskalitissa) Monastery, visible from afar as it is a dazzling white and built on a great rock. Climb up to pay your respects at this historic monastery and look for the golden step which, according to legend, only the truly devout can see.
Elafonissi is 5 kilometres from Chrissoskalitissa. On arriving you will see a large bare expanse used as a car park, a few dusty juniper trees and the wonderful colours of the lagoon.
The island is less than 200 metres from the beach and you can easily walk there through the warm, shallow water of the lagoon. On reaching the island you will discover lots of tiny beaches on its south coast.
The sand of Elafonissi is white, but in many places it is pinkish due to the thousands of broken seashells it contains. The limpid, blue-green waters will remind you of an exotic paradise.
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