Elafonissi (some people also call it Elafonissos or Elafonisi) is something like an island and a peninsula, because to reach the island you have to walk through the sea.
It is located in the southwest end of the prefecture of Chania, Crete, about 70km from the city of Chania.
Elafonisi is a place of an exceptional natural beauty, and it has been included in the Natura 2000 Protection Program. Someone could say that nature made its wonder in Elafonisi.
That's why Elafonissi beach is such a popular destination in the
prefecture of Chania, and a top of the top things to do / excursion
from all over Crete.
What characterizes the area of Elafonissos and makes it such an exotic place, are the little sand islets formed, the shallow turquoise waters of the sea, which at a point looks like a lagoon, and certainly the fine white sand, pinkish at several spots because of the crushed shell powder.
The whole area is an endless summer playground for young and
As you approach Elafonisi, the downhill road lets you
glimpse the area from afar. You will see blue and turquoise
colors of the sea, white-sand beaches all over the place and
cedars scattered all around.
The road ends at a dirt vacant lot. Park and walk to the sea
over the wooden lanes.
The beaches are organized at
points 1 & 2 ,
showing on the map below.
The beaches with the very shallow sea and the fine sand
are perfect for everyone and offered to play racquetball and
volleyball literally in the water. For several meters from
the shore, the sea depth is approximately below the knee.
If you are traveling as a family, can rest assured that your kids will love it, and you'll feel more confident about them as they are in the water.
At this point 3 , the sea has penetrated the solid ground and created something that looks like a shallow lagoon, or like a ranging river, if blowing enough that day.
You'll notice people crossing the "lagoon." Do the same, keeping your stuff up, out of the water. The deepest point is midway, up to the middle of an adult.
After passing the lagoon, you reach Elafonisi island. Although the whole area is being called Elafonissi, now you are literally on the island.
Because if it is blowing, the wind will constantly bring the sand on your naked body and your eyes. You will live an experience not so pleasant. You will not be able to relax for a moment.
Ok, ignore this advice if it's the last day of your holidays in Crete. Elafonissi worth a visit, whether blows or not!
You can get to Elafonisi beach by road or by sea, in the following ways:
To get to Elafonisi from Chania or the other resorts of the north coast of Crete, you're heading to Kissamos town through the highway, and from there you have two options.
There are two routes, both equally picturesque and recommended.
If you plan to go to Elafonissos from Chania and return to Chania, I would suggest to go by one route and return on the other.
If you follow the first route 1 ,
which is the shortest, turn left about 1km before
(maybe less) and follow the signs to the gorge of Topolia
and then to Elafonisi.
The second route 2 , will pass you through Kissamos towards the village of Platanos, where is the junction to Falassarna, which is another of the most popular beaches in the county of Chania. You will not turn, continue through the village of Platanos, and then follow the signs to Elafonisi.
Throughout most of this route, you will be able to view
the sea area west of Crete.
If you are thinking about staying near Elafonissi, be aware that there are only a few rooms to let in the area.
However, if you are lucky enough and there is availability, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery for yourself when all excursionists will have gone.
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