If you would like to discover a small island covered with sand dunes and small trees, sandy beaches and tropical waters, then you must visit Elafonissi, one of the most exotic beaches of Crete.
It is at the southwest tip of Crete, 76 km from the city of Chania. A protected natural reserve by the Natura 2000 European Act, Elafonissi is a peninsula which breaks in two parts by water giving the impression of being a separate island. A lagoon, shaped at that point, is ideal for children. The sea is so shallow that you can cross over the island by foot. The white sand which in many places gets pink shades of the thousands of crushed shells, gives a different look to the beach. The crystal clear and blue – green waters remind of the Caribbean.
Before you reach Elafonissi, you will visit the very known Monastery of Chryssoskalitissa, one of the landmarks of southwest Crete. It is a simple, but impressive building that has kept alive the atmosphere of the past centuries. Ninety steps lead to the top of the rock and one of them is said to be golden, but visible only to the faithful, according to tradition (hence the name of the monastery, from the words “Chryso” meaning “gold” and “Skalitissa” meaning “stair”).
Type of excursion: Landscape Beach day – Full day
Should take: Comfortable shoes, Hat, Sun protection, Camera, bathing suit.