Elafonisi is one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete and voted among the best of the world beaches.
Its exotic beauty is due to the dunes, the cedar trees, the white lilies, the black rocks, rare species of fauna and flora, the blue waters and the bright white-pink sand, features that make this peninsula unique.
It is located 75km southwest of the city of Chania (approx. one hour and a half, journey), in the south western tip of Crete.
Elafonisi derives its name from the Greek word for loot (lafira) and island (nisi), as this was the place where pirates would hide the treasures they collected during their travels.
The blue sea covers the peninsula for the most part; creating a lagoon with shallow waters, Crete’s natural lagoon, while on the other side of the coast a whole island covered with different colors of sand awaits guests who want to become one with nature.
The area has been included in the protected “Natura 2000” areas and is strictly forbidden to cut plants or collect sand from the coast.
In some spots the color of the sand becomes pinky because of the millions of broken shells and the corals, that the sea currents brink to the coast. There is also a local legend, which attributes the color of the sand in the blood of women and children who were massacred there during the Greek revolution in 1824.