Elafonisi is located 76km west of Chania and 5km south of Chrysoskalitisa Monastery, in the most southwestern point of Crete. Elafonisi is an oblong, which often “breaks” in two parts by water giving the impression of being a separate island.Exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, reminding of the Caribbean,are formed on either sides of the peninsula. The sand is pinkish in many places, taking its color from thousands of broken shells. Near the “breaking” point of the peninsula, the water does not exceed 1 meter, creating a small lagoon, ideal for children.
You can easily cross the lagoon in order to reach the “island”.The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is well organized and has the most people. There are umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, snack bars and changing rooms. Also, near the beach there is a huge area for parking and, even further, a few rooms to let. Opposedly,the beaches on either sides of the island are less crowded and are the most beautiful, with amazing azure colors.
You can come by car (1,5 hours) or by bus from Chania. The road to Elafonisi is narrow and full of turns, but the beauty of the landscape is stunning.