South of Elafonisi is another area of wild and remarkable beauty – Kedrodasos or the Forest of Cedars. Access can be made by car (up to a certain point) by a dirt-road through the plastic green-houses, or on foot following the E4 walking-route from the beach of Elafonisi itself.
Dunes of white sand and the ancient cedars cover the whole vicinity. The main beach is sandy and boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters; along the coastal path from Elafonisi to Kedrodasos are small deserted coves.
Unlike Elafonisi, Kedrodasos is absolutely untouched: no food or water is to be had there, so make sure you take what you need with you on a visit! Kedrodasos too is part of the NATURA 2000 programme: the age-old cedars are protected by a special environmental plan as their growth-rate is extremely laborious and slow (about one centimeter per year).
Because of its shady nature and isolation, the spot is a favourite haunt for unsupervised camping and nudists.But be warned: here too camping is illegal!
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Elafonisi, Kisamos, Chania
- free camping No
- nudism Yes
- beach type Sandy
- accommodation No
- dinning No
- other facilities
relevant routes & paths:
By car (up to a point): take the dirt road that branches off some 2 km before Elafonisi – it passes through the local plastic green-houses. Take care not get lost in the various side branches! On foot, follow the European E4 Hiking Trail from the beach of Elafonisi.