The southwesternmost part of Crete island is characterized by narrow and windy roads, lush forests and small picturesque bays that are formed like magic where the rugged mountains meet the coast. South of Elafonisi is an area of wild and remarkable beauty called Kedrodasos or the Forest of Cedars. Reaching this area can be tiresome but worth it, as so many visitors can attest to. Elafonisi is arguably one of the most popular and well-known beaches on the island and during peak season finding a quiet spot might prove difficult. Kedrodasos, on the other hand, is equally stunning, but has managed to remain under the radar of most visitors. This makes Kedrodasos an excellent option for those looking for a quiet spot. Access to the beach is possible by car (up to a certain point) by a dirt-road through the green-houses, or on foot following the E4 walking-route from the beach of Elafonisi itself.
Dunes of white sand and 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, we find small deserted coves. Unlike Elafonisi, Kedrodasos is untouched; there are no beach bars, no snacks, canteens or other amenities in close proximity, so make sure you bring what you need with you.
Just like Elafonisi, Kedrodasos too is part of the NATURA 2000 program. The age-old cedars are protected by a special environmental plan as their growth-rate is extremely laborious and slow (about one centimetre per year). Because of the natural shade offered by the trees, the remote and quiet vibe, and the fact that it is protected by strong winds, Kedrodasos is a favourite for freedom campers and nudists. Camping is however strictly illegal! Moreover, visitors should try not to harm the fragile trees in a way or damage them. It goes without saying, that rubbish should be collected and taken with after leaving the area. Driving to the beach can be quite an adventure and is easier on a 4×4 vehicle. After parking the car, it takes about 10 minutes of walking to reach the beach.