If you choose to visit Crete on your holidays this year, the beautiful beach of Elafonisi should not be missed! It is one of the most attractive destinations on the island and has thousands of holiday-goers visiting every summer.
Elafonisi is a peninsula or a lagoon as others say and it is located in the southeast of Crete, 80km away from Chania. You can easily cross the shallow waters and reach the small beautiful island which is just 200 meters away from the tidy, and picturesque beach. Enjoy diving in the clear blue waters, the sun and the exotic landscape that resemble the tropical islands of the Caribbean Sea. For naturists and all of you that want to enjoy quiet dives in turquoise waters there are many coves that you can explore in the south side of the beach.
This little paradise within Crete becomes magical when you witness the strange pink hue of the sand created by of thousands of broken shells on the beach. Sea lilies and cedars are scattered around there and complete the beauty of the place. The whole area is a protected Zone (Natura 2000 Protection Program) due to its particular natural goodness. It hosts turtle caretta – caretta and other rare species of fauna and flaura.
If you reach the highest point of the island you will see a plaque which commemorates those who were slaughtered on February of 1824 by Ottoman soldiers while using this place as a shelter when Greece was still under Turkish occupation.
A shipwreck called ‘Imperatrix’ sank a century ago here that is still at the bottom of the sea. A metal lighthouse which has replaced another lighthouse that was there before the German Forces bombarded it during the Second World War can also be seen on this beach.
Another opportunity which shouldn’t be missed is a visit to the Chrysoskalitissa Monastery – just 5km away from Elafonisi!