Elafonisi beach, a breathtaking site in the south of Chania
Elafonisi is a breathtaking site in the south of Chania, 5 km from the monastery of Chrysoskalitisa and about 70km from Chania city. It is an isolated area, ideal for swimming. The islet near the coast, gives the impression of a lagoon.
Exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, reminding of the Caribbean, are formed on either sides of the peninsula. The sand is pinkish in many places, taking its color from thousands of broken shells. Near the "breaking" point of the peninsula, the water does not exceed 1m, creating a small lagoon, ideal for children. You can easily cross the lagoon in order to reach the "island", having your staff with you, because the water is very shallow there. At the end of the islet you can find an old lighthouse and a small church.
The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is well organized and has the most people. There are umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, snack bars and changing rooms. Also, near the beach there is a huge area for parking and, even further, a few rooms to let. Opposedly, the beaches on either sides of the island are less crowded and are the most beautiful, with amazing azure colors. If you want to stay completely secluded or nude, you can walk along the peninsula until you find a quiet cove that you like! There are always many coves available for naturists.
If you're looking for a luxury holiday villa in Chania close to Elafonisi beach check villa Corallium in Sfinari.
*Check the map view on the top to see the exact routes to Elafonisi beach.