Welcome to Elafonisi


Alas, this natural gem is hardly a secret and less than idyllic in high summer when floods of sun seekers put pressure on its delicate ecosystem. Come early or late in the day or, better yet, stay overnight to truly sample Elafonisi’s magic.


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$36.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Elafonisi Island From Chania

Following pick-up by bus at 7:45 am, journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi.Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4 hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize.Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 16:00 and return to Chania for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop off at around 18:00.

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Day Trip to Elafonisi Island From Rethymno

Following pick-up by bus at 8:00 am, journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi.Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4 hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize.Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 16:00 and return to Rethymno for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop off at around 18:30.

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Elafonissi from Rethymno

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Chania Prefecture, CreteAfter two hours ride along the north coast, we turn towards south into the heart of Crete. In Elafonisi, the south westerly point of Crete, you have 3 hours’ time to swim in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy the beautiful sandy beach and its surrounding nature.Duration: 7 hours

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