Turquoise water. White-pink-black sand, as a result of the presence of millions of crushed shells. Dunes. Indigenous white summer sand lillies. Lagoons with thigh-deep water. Αnd a pirate hide-out in old times. Sounds like a dream? Yes. But is actually very real.
Located in the remote southwest corner of Crete, this penninsula-islet is definitely worth the trip. It is connected to the mainland by a narrow sand strip, where the water is very shallow, so it is easily accessible on foot, and you can also carry your things with you.
The beach on the mainland is well organized. There are beach umbrellas, snack bars, showers, a parking area. But it is also very crowded, especially on the high season
Once on the islet though, one can find absolute seclusion, since it is a Natura 2000 protected area and all commercial activity is prohibited, and there are many separate smaller beaches, where you can practically be alone.
Elafonisi is at a 75km distance from Chania, 43km from Kastelli, and 5 km from the monastery of Chrisoskalitissa.