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From Chania: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

1. From Chania: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Travel to the southwest corner of Crete on a guided day trip from Chania to Elafonisi Island, with hotel transfers included. Spend a relaxing day swimming in the clear blue waters, relaxing on the pink sand beach, and soaking in the unique landscape of Elafonisi. Start with a hotel pick up and take in the lush green landscape en route to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many traditional villages. Stop to purchase coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. After arriving at Elafonisi, enjoy 4 hours of relaxing on the beach and swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local tavern (not included). Situated just off the island of Crete, Elafonisi is easily reached by walking through the shallow waters. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty.

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

2. From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

Following pick-up by bus, journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4 hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize. Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 16:00 and return to Rethymno for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop off at around 18:30.

From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

3. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

This is your chance to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is truly a heaven on earth, with soft white/pink sand, exotic crystal-clear water and cedar trees that extend down to the coastline. It is located in the easily accessible, south-western side of Crete. You will be picked-up you from your hotel area in the morning. Your first stop where you will be able to have a short break is the Aghia Sophia cave. Here you can visit the cave, and have coffee or refreshments if you choose. Following this, you will depart for Elafonissi. On your way to Elafonissi you will be able to see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery, as well as the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once you have reached Elafonissi, you will have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy the spectrum of shades of blue that this beach has to offer. The last stop is in Elos at a taverna where you have the opportunity to have a lunch. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Crete.

From Crete: Elafonisi Day Tour with Pickup

4. From Crete: Elafonisi Day Tour with Pickup

Spend 4.5 hours enjoying Elafonisi Island. Don't forget your camera, as you'll definitely want to capture this island's pink sandy beaches and clear Aegean waves. The day starts with pickup from a meeting point near your resort. Travel 4 hours to Elafonisi, taking in views of canyons, valleys, and hidden villages on the way. Learn more about Crete and its history from the local guide. Take 20-minute stop to stretch your legs or grab a quick breakfast before arriving to the destination. Once on the island, guests are free to take a swim in the clear waters, soak up the sun on the sandy beach, or chill and grab a drink at the snack bar. At the end of the visit, meet at the bus for the return trip to Heraklion. The journey will take approximately 4 hours, depending on traffic and your drop-off location.

From Rethymno & Chania: Elafonissi Island Day Tour by Bus

5. From Rethymno & Chania: Elafonissi Island Day Tour by Bus

Ride in a comfortable coach through small traditional villages and typical Mediterranean scenery. See the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge and have a stop for coffee and refreshments. Arrive at Elafonissi beach. Here, you have four hours of free time to marvel at the different colors from the soft pink and white sand to the turquoise waters. As well as exploring the wonders of the beach, discover the small island. This lies just off the shore and you can reach it by strolling through the water. Both the beach and the island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty and included in the Natura 2000 Protection Programme. 

Georgioupolis: Full-Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

6. Georgioupolis: Full-Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

On this full-day trip, you’ll travel from Georgioupolis to the southwest corner of Crete and spend a relaxing day on the pink beaches of the small island of Elafonisi.  During the 3-hour drive to the island, you can sit back and relax, admiring the beauty of the lush green landscapes, traditional villages, and a small church built inside a cave along the way. After taking a short break to stop for a drink, you’ll reach your destination, Elafonisi,  a picturesque bathing paradise with an island that can be easily reached by foot. The water on the island is shallow, clear and gleams with beautiful shades of blue and green. You’ll have plenty of time to unwind on the beach and to purchase snacks and drinks on the island before returning to Georgioupolis in the evening.

From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

7. From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

Experience a very special Tour that leads you to Crete's most southwestern part on the small island of Elafonisi. Drive from the north coast to the southwest and enjoy a scenic ride through beautiful nature and picturesque mountain villages to one of Crete's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy pure relaxation on exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise water. Jump into the refreshingly cool water and admire the pink shimmering sand in some locations, which has arisen from broken shells. The small lagoon provides an ideal place for paddling and bathing for children as well. Cross the shallow lagoon and reach the small idyllic island, where you can admire beautiful dunes and the local nature. Towards the sea, Elafonisi shows a steep rocky ridge, which is the real core of the island. Between the ridge and the coast, the island arose from alluvial deposition over thousands of years. That's why the island looks like a big sandy desert. Elafonisi is the nesting site of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta and the last resting place for migratory birds on their flight from Europe to Africa.

From Heraklion Area: Full-Day Bus Trip to Elafonisi Island

8. From Heraklion Area: Full-Day Bus Trip to Elafonisi Island

Start your day of discovery with a pick-up service. Right after you board your comfortable, air-conditioned bus, you will journey to the southwest corner of Crete to spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. Take in the lush green landscape on the way to the island as you travel through the impressive Topolia Gorge and pass many old and very typical villages. Stop for a coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. Upon arrival at Elafonisi, get at least 4-hours to relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Laze in the sun, or go for a stroll along the pink sand beach. Benefit from beach kiosks where you can purchase food and water to rehydrate and re-energize. Situated just off the shore of the main island, Elafonisi can be reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty. Depart by bus at approximately 4:00 PM and return to Heraklion for an estimated arrival time and hotel drop-off at around 7:30 PM.

Crete: Elafonisi Full-Day Private Customized Tour

9. Crete: Elafonisi Full-Day Private Customized Tour

Choose your own pace on this private and customized day tour of Elafonisi. Take a dip in the crystal-clear water, relax on the warm white and pink sands, and marvel at the stunning coastline of southwest Crete. Choose the pickup location that suits your travel plans, and begin your private exploration of southwest Crete. Travel in a comfortable vehicle with a local driver to Elafonisi. As you drive, don't miss the beautiful scenery outside your window. Stop by Topolia Gorge and spot the rare plants that grow in this massive expanse stretching from Strovles to Topolia. Visit the mysterious Agia Sofia cave and benefit from its soothing atmosphere. After reaching Elafonisi, stop at a beach and wander across beautiful pink sands created by millions of crushed shells as the fresh sea breeze touches your cheeks. Go for a swim in the refreshing water and then relax on the beach. When you get hungry, ask your driver for restaurant tips that the locals prefer and enjoy delicious, traditional Cretan food. Before and during your trip, benefit from full support from your trip planner. Work with them to create the perfect, customized itinerary for you and your vacation style.

Rethymno: Elafonisi and Balos Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

10. Rethymno: Elafonisi and Balos Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Start your day at Elafonisi beach, with its shallow water and fine white sand. Relax on the shore for 2 hours or explore your surroundings in one of the most beautiful, remote locations in Crete. Dip your feet in the turquoise lagoon or simply stroll along the shore fringed with pink coral sand. Then, get ready for the wild road to Cape Vouxa. Ride 8 kilometers up a dirt track to the national park in a comfortable 4x4 bus. As you travel, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery around you. Finally, arrive at your destination. Step out and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Balos Bay and Gramvousa.

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What people are saying about Elafonisi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,019 reviews

This tour provided by Markidis is a must do. Great service and arrangement. The timing, the bus everything in 10 on 10. It is not just the beach but a cave while going there and a village stop for lunch while returning. It makes the complete tour wholesome and fun filling. Anastasia and the driver (forgot his name) are the best people for such tour. Anastasia’s insight about everything makes it great and the fun filling mood which the driver sets is just a great experience. I dont think one should miss this one. And yes the beach is worth 4hours, the water the vibe is just perfect. Overall you will definitely come back very satisfied and will be proud of each penny you spent on the tour.

Wonderful adventure! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. She explained about the history of Crete, myths and legends. All very interesting. The beach, the view & clear blue water was just beautiful. However, it was very breezy. The taverna we stopped at to eat a late lunch, early dinner depending on what you wanted was great. Food was delicious. Throughly enjoyable day all round.

10/10 trip. Would definitely recommend!! You can’t visit Crete and miss this natural beauty. The tour guide was lovely and very informative. The stop at the tavern on the way home was great too.. the goat, chestnuts and potatoes were to die for!

Everything was great, were picked up from the hotel on time. Very great tour guide wonderful explanations of the route and the sights. Bus driver who knows how to drive a bus. All in all a very nice trip.

A truly incredible moment and a magnificent day thanks to a great guide Anastasia !! I will definitely come back!