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The best beaches of Crete. Elafonisi beach at Chania is is one of the most emblematic of the island, and is featured on countless postcards

This beach is one of the most emblematic of the island, and is featured on countless postcards. It is to be found just 80 km from the Chania and 43 km from Kastelli, next to the Chrysoskalitissa monastery (of the Golden-Steps).

Elafonisi is basically a small island, connected to the Cretan mainland by a shallow crossing of several hundred meters, which can be made on foot. The whole area, which is part of the EC programme NATURA 2000, is characterized by its pale sands, its shallow and crystal-clear waters, turquoise in colour, and the small pink patches made up from crushed sea-shells. 

The setting falls a little short of outstanding, marred only by the sun-loungers and canteen-bars set up on the beach-sands themselves.

Ideally one should visit Elafonisi outside of the tourist season, when it is not overwhelmed by their hordes! Camping is not permitted here – and the police conduct frequent ‘raids’.

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Additional Info

  • location Elafonisi, Kisamos, Chania
  • free camping No
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities

    Sunbeds, umbrellas and lifeguard. Behind the beach there are canteens serving food, coffee and drinks

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Kasteli - Elos - Elafonisos - FalasarnaΕ4.05 Chrisoskalitissa - Agios Ioannis

80 km southwest of Chania and 43 km from Kastelli. Proceed along the National Highway on the Chania - Kissamos stretch; then before Kastelli, turn left onto the country road from Kissamos to Chrisoskalitissas.

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