Elafonisi Beach

Elafonisi Beach is one of the best in Greece. We have rated it among the top-ten best Greek beaches because of the beautiful landscape, as well as the cleanliness of both the sand and the seawater.

  • Name: Elafonisi beach (Ελαφονήσι)
  • Location: Chania, western Crete, Greece
    Click here to see it on the map and to get directions
  • Overall Rating: 5/5  Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 5/5  Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Beach Berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: Good access. A paved road will bring you close to the beach and there are dedicated parking lots nearby.
  • Amenities: Elafonisi beach is organized with parasols, show and sun beds for hire. You will find restaurants and bars on the beach.

Notes: Elafonisi is a bit out of the way, and the road from Kissamos to the beach is scenic, albeit a bit too long and narrow.

But the trip is worth it. The beach is wide and long with ample space for the crowds to spread out.

Speaking of crowds, despite it’s relative isolation, Elafonisi gets very crowded in the summer.

The water is cool, crisp, and as clean as you will ever find around the world.

The sand is nice and soft. An knee-deep sand patch connects the beach to the little islet that gives its name to the beach.

Elafonisi islet is uninhabited, save for a military installation at the west end. It has several paths where you can take leisurely and quiet walks.

Several small sand patches around the island offer more swimming choices.

The beach has been developed with environmental protections as a priority, so there is no development in the surrounding land, and the beach vicinity is signposted with information on the local flora and fauna.

There are several nature walks all around, and several small sand coves to the north.

One of the main characteristics of Elafonisi beach are the pink hues mixed in with the white sand.

They are the result of crushed seashells that end up mixed in the sand. Signs all around the beach inform that the pink sand is protected by law, and request that visitors don’t take samples of the beach as a souvenir.