The Exotic tour of ElafonisiExotic beaches reminding of the Caribbean!
A perfect beach and islet are at the far west coast of Crete. The clear, turquoise waters are attracting travellers for centuries, but this natural, pristine beach, remains virtually untouched.
Elafonisi is located 76km west of Chania and 5km south of Chrysoskalitisa Monastery, in the southwesternmost point of Crete. Elafonisi is an oblong, which often "breaks" in two parts by water giving the impression of being a separate island. Elafonisi is a Natura 2000 protected area. The island is full of dunes with sand lilies and jupiners (like-cedars trees). The endangered turtles careta careta and several rare animals nest on the island and it is strictly forbidden to remove any plants, animals and sand from the area.
Elafonisi peninsula. 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 1m, creating a small lagoon, ideal for children. You can easily cross the lagoon in order to reach the "island", having your staff with you, because the water is very shallow there.
Pinkish sand. 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. If you want to stay completely secluded or nude, you can walk along the peninsula until you find a quiet cove that you like! There are always many coves available for naturists.
Departure at 08:00 from Chania. Stop for coffee and visit of Agia Sofia's cave close to the village of Topolia. Visit of the beautiful monastery of Chrissoskalitissa and stay at the unique, sandy, rose, beach of Elafonissi, on the south-west area. Departure from Elafonissi at 15:00 towards Chania with small stop at a taverna for lunch.
Capacity: 50 pax (for more persons, upon request)
Trip Days: Monday – Wednesday – Friday
Duration: Aprox. 9 hours
Price: 27 €
- Air-Conditioned Bus transportation
- Hotel pick-up and Drop-off
- English speaking Guide
- Monastery entrance: 2€