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. To visit Elafonissi Beach on your holiday in Elafonissi, and find out what else Elafonissi has to offer, use our Elafonissi travel planner .
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  • Elafonissi, crystal clear water, a light pink Beach, almost a small lagoon. I always like to remember the first visits in the 80s. The road not paved, the last 20 to 30 km and on-site parking only. No disturbing concerns, no restaurants close before the beach but then also no toilets. Nevertheless I would trade the "old" Elafonissi at any time against the current. Sky and people even in the off-season, so that really only have a little fun, despite toilets and near from the beach of road. Nevertheless, this beach with the small Lagoon is worth a visit, therefore, despite the criticism the high scoring - but also the recommendation to look at that and not to linger.
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  • A pink sand beach, water turquoise and several islands that can be reached walking to sunbathing isolated from the crowd. Ideal for children, because the water looks like a swimming pool. On the contrary, it is a place full of tourists. I most appreciated beaches wild and difficult access that exist in the South of Crete.
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  • Went to Elafonisi from Spiridon-tour "of Rethymnon. At the wheel was the Director of the company, the Guide, the animator, singing, laughing all the way, taught Greek, drew out a positive. First were on the Lake, Kournas there geese, fish, turtles, bathing and catamarans, then we were taken to Chania. Amazingly beautiful city-lighthouse, Venetian merchants Quay, sponges and shells, the narrow streets of the old town, the scent of the sea and coffee. And then headed to the beach, but not on the road, where all go, and through the Topolja Gorge, a narrow road where rides only Spyridon, demonstrating a virtuosic technique of driving. Then there was stop, Spyridon served its wine, cheese and olives from their trees. The beach turned out to be a beautiful, clean, beautiful, a sandy spit, on the one hand small, blue water, with another deeper, there are blue-green and pink sand, as waves of Africa bring particles corals. Nakupavshis, the entire group under the leadership of Spiridon danced sirtaki on the beach. Highly recommend!
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