Elafonisi is one of the most breathtaking beaches on Crete Island. Its clear blue waters, pink sand, and its unique landscape attract thousands of visitors every year. It has been ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Along with the surrounding shores, it belongs to the Natura network because of its unique natural beauty.
A few years ago, Elafonisi beach was not that popular. Only a few people knew about its existence. One could enjoy the sea, the sweet breeze, and the singing of cicadas. Nowadays, it has become popular, and it is a must-see for all visitors to Crete.
Amenities in Elafonisi Lagoon
Elafonisi beach will take your breath away. Dive into the clear blue waters and let the sun dry your body. The waters are quite shallow throughout the beach, so you might have to walk a bit further if you want to swim.
The west part of Elafonisi is facing the lagoon. This part is usually windier due to its location. The beach is organized with umbrellas and sunbeds which you can rent for a low price. This part of the beach is always very busy, so get there early, if you want to find an umbrella.
You can also bring your umbrella. There is plenty of space to put it. I strongly advise you to bring an umbrella or a tent. There are no trees around and the sun is quite strong after 12.00.
In the summer months, there are a lot of people on the beach. It gets very noisy. Things are a bit calmer in the afternoon after the buses going back to Chania depart.
This beach is perfect for children. They can play for hours in the shallow warm waters or make sandcastles at the shore. Parents can relax and supervise while enjoying the sun.
There are a few canteens by the beach where you can buy coffee, snacks, or cocktails. Some of them have their signature cocktails, which you should try! There is a couple of taverns as well where you can have lunch.
We will also visit the following unique beaches:
The unique pebbled beach of Agios Pavlos with the homonymous 10th century Byzantine chapel.
The impressive beach of Marmara, located at the exit of the Aradena gorge.
Loutro, is a beautiful little fishing village that took its name from the baths found there. It is also a village where cars don’t exist as it is only reachable by sea.
Glyka Nera is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Crete, named after the freshwater springs that flow into the sea.
Iliggas is an incredible beach with crystal clear waters and silver thick sand at the exit of the Kavi Gorge.
Our journey ends at the beautiful, picturesque port of Sfakia.
All guests are given the choice of either returning on yacht or by VIP car service back to their hotel.
Choose from our list with yachts your favorite one !
Day Cruise: return the same evening
One-night Short Cruise: spend the night on yacht and return next morning.
One-night Long Cruise: spend the night on yacht, have your swim next morning, eat lunch and return next evening.