Elafonisi Beach is one of the most popular beaches, not only in Greece but, in the world. Unlike many other beaches in western Crete, Elafonisi is fairly easy to reach by car and it does not require much physical agility to reach it. The beach is predominantly sandy, a huge plus when visiting Crete, but also is very monstrous, with multiple places to relax for an entire day spent at the beach.
After arriving at the Elafonisi entrance, a boardwalk leads through the snack bar area and then to the beach. The backdrop against the sky consists of mountains slicing through the clouds and sandy beaches for as far as the eye can see.
Before rushing to set our things down, we decided to walk a bit to the west towards a sand-dune entrance that led to another part of the beach. This area is lined with rope to create a path over to the other portion of Elafonisi.
Elafonisi Beach is also called the “Pink Beach” because of the color of sand.
Back in this small peninsula, the pristine teal waters complemented by the rosy underbelly is such an unbelievable, radiant sight!
Because this area is narrower it becomes more crowded when the beach fills up.
We walked back towards the main part of Elafonisi to claim a spot in the sand for the day.
The main area of Elafonisi is much bigger so, you can enjoy a spot without someone being right next to you. Arrive at the beach before 9 a.m., to have the ability to pick a prime spot next to the shore!
We rented chairs for the day at 3 Euros a piece and were about a 5 minute walk from the concessions.
While the beach and shoreline is all sandy, there are a slew of larger rocks in the water, making for optimal snorkeling!
8 hours of soaking up sun and paradise, we headed back towards Kissamos.
Elafonisi Beach is an absolute dream. The vivid teal, transparent waters, accompanied by pink-tinted sand, will leave you breathless.