Elafonisi meaning deer island in Greek, is the name of an island located opposite a long beach found on the south-west corner of Crete. The beach was a well guarded secret. Turquoise waters, red and pink coral sand and not a soul in sight. Nowadays boats and tour buses arrive every day and the beach in most parts is lined with umbrellas.

It s really worth the early awakening to arrive at the beach before the peak hours! When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature reserve.

How to get there

You can get there by suburban bus service (KTEL) from Chania or Platanias, or by car taking the road to Elafonisi.