The Incredible Beauty of Elafonissi Beach

Day Trip to Elafonissi Beach on Crete


Experience the beauty of one of Greece's most popular and famous beaches, Elafonissi. Savor the crystal-clear turquoise waters, shallow and warm swimming areas, and the pink-hued sand that hugs the shore. Together, the natural elements create unmatched scenery on this small island.

Enjoy passing through the beautiful Cretan countryside admiring small traditional villages and crossing the Topolia Gorge. Make a quick stop at the cave of Agia Sofia and view its incredible stalactites and stalagmites. A small, picturesque chapel sits at its entrance.

Once you arrive at Elafonisi, you can walk to the island through the shallow water and relax on the beach, swim in the warm waters, and savor the gorgeous natural surroundings.  The waters are crystal clear and teeming with fish and marine life.  So don't forget to bring your snorkeling gear and explore the life below the surface.   The most interesting spot to snorkel is just below the cave on the island, on the easternmost part of the beach.  To get here, you will need to take the walking path on the island, walk to the cave, and then make your way down to the water to swim and snorkel.  

After enjoying your day in Elafonissi, you can make make a stop in the village of Elos to enjoy Cretan dishes at a traditional tavern, and sample some of the local thyme honey that is collected in the hills nearby.  

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