What to do in Elafonisi

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Elafonisi: The Must-Do Activities

Elafonisi: What to do when you get there?

Voted as one of the 10 best beaches in the world, Elafonisi is located in south-west Crete 75km from Chania which works out to about one and a half hour travel time by car.

Elafonisi contains a small island about 200 metres south of the main swimming area north of which is the big shallow kite surfing lagoon no more than 1m deep. For those who choose Elafonisi for surf vacations, there are some hotels and restaurants at 500 metres distance from the beach and some more in the area of 7km.

On the other side, for those who want to stay at cosmopolitan Chania, local and international travel agencies organise bus trips to Elafonisi every day. An alternative choice is to rent a car. Additionally, for those who choose to stay at Palaiochora village, they can catch daily boats to Elafonisi from the eastern harbour of Paleochora. Those boats usually arrive around 11 o’clock on Elafonisi and depart at 5 o’clock. The beach is 200 metres from the island and you can walk on the coastline and pass the shallow lagoon with the green blue water around you.

The sand at the beaches isn’t just sand but masses of empty seashells, which explains the pink and red colour of the beach. There you will find many small beaches to relax and feel the magic energy of this place. The Municipalities of Selinou-Kantanou and Kissamou have designated Elafonisi a natural preserve though canteens for refreshment and snacks, which are located at the main beach organised together with lifeguards, showers, umbrellas, locker rooms and trash disposal.

The swimming beaches in most areas are shallow and totally safe for children. Across Elafonisi’s beach is Elafonisi island which may be visited by simply walking through the shallow water. Behind the island you will find a more quiet small beach with clear blue green water.

Elafonisi: All our activities

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

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Samantha K., United Kingdom — 06/06/2022
Kayaking, swimming, and snorkelling with Manu and Fiona from Fit in Crete was the highlight of our trip! They are really genuine, lovely, and comfortable people - we enjoyed talking to them on the way to the beach, learning about their way of life (made us want to move to Greece and kayak hahaha)! They are very thoughtful and prepared neoprene tops for us and also lent us thin long-sleeved tops. They are experienced and looked out for me when I felt cold in the water and Fiona was really nice to come with me to shore to warm up. Most importantly, Manu and Fiona were very patient and did not rush us and that was key to a lovely and relaxing day. The waters were so beautiful (clearest waters we have ever seen!) and we had a great time. We can’t recommend this activity enough. Thanks Manu and Fiona 🙂
Petra R., Netherlands — 27/08/2021
Daniel S., Spain — 17/08/2021
Nice “walk” over nice sea.

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