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Elafonisi Beach

Elafonisi Beach

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132 Reviews
Elafonisi, Crete

The Basics

Elafonisi Beach is a little pocket of paradise and a must-see for visitors to Crete. Many day tours from Chania visit the beach and also stop at the 17th-century Chrisoskalitissa Monastery en route. Most day tours include several hours of free time at Elafonisi, so travelers can sunbathe, swim, and head out across to the island nature reserve to explore the trails. At low tide, visitors can walk across to the island via the exposed sandbar. At high tide, the sandbar is covered by wadable-depth water.

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Elafonisi Beach: Welcome to paradise, From Rethymnon
Elafonisi Beach: Welcome to paradise, From Rethymnon
star-5
$40.91 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A lot of people at the beach, but don't worry!
Idze się bardzo podobało, a to najważniejsze! 😂😂😂 Iga was very pleased about that trip, and that is the best recommendation! 😀 😀 😀
Filip_J, Sep 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Crete

star-4
Def recommend this trip!
Rebecca, Jul 2021
Elafonisi Full-Day Tour from Chania
Pros - spacious well a/c’d bus - scenery on the way is amazing - cave is beautiful - local snacks at cave are really good - super clear blue waters at elafnonisi beach - local lunch at the village was superb Cons - 2 hrs to get to the first place due to lots of pick ups - no umbrellas left at elafonisi beach so take an umbrella if possible!
star-5
Great trip
Monika_W, Jul 2021
Elafonisi ( The pink sand beach)
Overall it was a lovely experience. Joanna, the tour guide was very lovely, informative and really made you want to listen to her stories and learn about the history, geography and culture of Crete.
star-5
Loved it!
Tania_K, Jul 2021
Elafonisi Full-Day Tour from Chania
It was absolutely awesome. The beach is unbelievably beautiful; on the way back, we stop at a country side taverna and had the tastiest of meals. The guide, Giana, is the best! Loved it!
star-5
Great tour!
Inspiration778699, Sep 2019
Elafonisi ( The pink sand beach)
Loved this tour! Not only did they take you to the beach but they stopped at a beautiful cave on the way. They also stopped for lunch at a local cafe which was so yummy!
star-5
Amazing adventure
Venture62817, Jul 2019
Day Trip to Elafonisi Island From Chania
The trip was awesome, the beach incredible. The bus ride was scenic and very mountainous. The driver was excellent and so was the guide.
star-5
Our very best trip on Crete
HUN_Family, Jul 2020
Your Tailored Elafonisi Escape from Elounda
It’s hard to describe what our day was like because it really has to be experienced. The amazing fantastic great not good enough words to it because it meant a lot more to us. Alexander was an amazing tour guide throught the day: he showed us lots of interesting places, told a lot mystical historical legends. We can say that we have become advanced from Crete. Every penny worthed this trip, we are sure to come back to Crete and 100% that we will choose this agency again: Snami Travel. At the end of the day, we had lunch at a wonderful local restaurant: cafetavernaoasis. Our all inclusive hotel does not have such delicious foods as we ate here! We recommend this trip very much!!!!!!
star-4
Super trip/excursion
AdrianCatalinNae, Sep 2019
Day Trip to Elafonisi Island From Heraklion
It was a very nice trip, extremely well organized but did not had much time for visiting. is bit too much to have also plenty time to visit. In Chania for example if you want to visit the Old Town you cross the street market which is full of tasty products and after you have to cross the Leather Street which is impossible not to stop. So you have to choose between visit or shopping. Had some problems with the agency from Greece since they did not understood my exact address for the accommodation but overall was an amazing trip.
star-5
Great value for the money
Eugen, Jun 2021
Elafonisi Full-Day Tour from Chania
Great value for the money. Good confort on the bus. Elafonisi was great, the restaurant chosen for the late lunch was okay. The tour guide made sure everyone was dropped off at their stop by annoucing us by name which I appreciated.
star-5
Amazing, strongly suggested
Lorenzo_L, Jun 2021
Elafonisi Full-Day Tour from Chania
The places we visited are wonderful, absolutely a must to see,the bus was punctual and the guide very nice, it was a very enjoyable day for a fair price
star-5
Excellent trip to a beautiful beach
427guillermot, Aug 2019
Elafonisi ( The pink sand beach)
It is an excellent trip to one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete. Organisation and timing was as expected so everything was OK. Good tour to go and explore a remote part of Crete, beautiful scenery on the road as well. Definitely recommended.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Elafonisi Beach is a must for families, beach lovers, and nature enthusiasts.

  • The shallow waters of the beach are ideal for bathing, so be sure to bring a swimsuit.

  • Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented on the main beach.

  • There are no facilities on the island, so carry water with you if you go exploring.

  • The beach is not suitable for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Elafonisi Beach is situated in the west of Crete, around 46 miles (74 kilometers) southwest of Chania. Local KTEL buses connect Chania to Elafonisi. It's easiest to arrive as part of a tour that includes transportation.

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Trip ideas

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When to Get There

Get there before 11am—earlier, if possible—to find a favorable spot on the sand. While the beach gets busier later in the day, there is usually enough space on the sand that you won’t be elbow-to-elbow with your fellow sunbathers.

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What to See on the Island

Elafonisi island offers the chance to escape the beach crowds and enjoy some quiet time amid nature. Follow trails leading to a lighthouse on the western tip, where you can gaze out across the Mediterranean, and look out for the sea daffodils and juniper trees that grow here in abundance. For those who want to sunbathe away from the busy mainland beach, it’s possible to find small and quiet hideaway coves on the island.

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