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Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi

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Located on a tiny islet famous for its white sands, Elafonissi Beach offers warm and shallow waters, an ideal setting for families with small children. Situated near the southwestern corner of Crete, the beach has beckoned travelers for centuries with its tropical climate and rich plant life. Nearby tourist facilities include free parking, showers, and changing rooms, along with several cafes offering light snacks and cold drinks. The islet is a magnet for day-trippers from other parts of Crete, so try to time your visit for mid-afternoon, when the last of the tour buses leave for the day. Work out when and for how long to visit Elafonissi Beach and other Elafonissi attractions using our handy Elafonissi vacation builder.
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  • Paradise on Earth! Easy access, emerald waters, landscape of unique beauty! Big problem of course finding beach equipment (umbrella, Deckchair), if you have no care for it!
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  • Undoubtedly a spectacular beach but dirty and way way way too many people Felt like an emperor penquin It was horrible -go in May or October  more »
  • It's definitely the best beach on the island ... and beyond. Wide, with areas equipped with discretion and free spaces with wild atmosphere. Transparent waters and pink sand. Recommend getting on the tip of the peninsula where there is a small chapel and from where we can see the beach in all its beauty and feel the intense fragrances of plant vegetation that covers it.
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