There’s something breathtakingly magical about Elafonisi, a small island off Crete’s northern coast surrounded by shallow lagoons with crystal blue waters and pinkish sands.
The little island – just 40 meters (130 feet) off Crete and 140 km (87 miles) off the coast of Africa – is a leisurely walk and wade from the mainland through the magic lagoons. Voted often as one of the top beaches, Elafonisi is very popular during the high season and is ideal for families, thanks to its shallowness. The ride to Elafonisi is in itself an experience, as you pass by the impressive cave of Saint Sofia – complete with stalagmites and a church’ – then through picturesque mountain villages before reaching the wild, southwestern side of Crete in one of Europe’s closest points to Africa. Exploring the island will reveal strange rock formations and quiet coves, perfect to relax in with friends or a partner.
It is important to mention that Elafonisi lies in a specially designated Natura 2000 area, meaning that visitors can enjoy its beauty and nature but should take care not to disturb it. As wild as it looks, the island boasts over 100 plant species, including a rare flowering perennial plant (Androcymbium rechingeri).
Updated October 2017
Day of Elafonisi tour: Monday – Wednesday – Friday
PICK UP FROM YOUR HOTEL (Or near to your Hotel) from KISSAMOS – KOLIMBARI – TAVRONITIS – MALEME – GERANI – PLATANIAS – AGIA MARINA – STALOS – KALAMAKI – AG.APOSTOLOI – CHANIA TOWN
– Pick up from the hotel or designated meeting points
– 1. First stop at the cave of Agia Sofia (Saint Sofia) for a visit to the cave and optional breakfast at the coffee shop
– 2. Second stop at Elafonisi Beach (3 hours of free time)
– 3. Third stop at Elos, a traditional Cretan village for lunch
24 euros per person
Includes transfers and English-speaking guide (other languages upon request)
Food and drink not included
– Bottle of water
– Sunhat, sun cream & sun glasses,
– Swimwear & towel
– Change of clothing (if preferred)
Information / Reservations:
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