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Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania

1. Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania

Travel to the southwest corner of Crete on this full-day trip from Chania. Spend a relaxing day on the pink sand beaches on the small island of Elafonisi. 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 for coffee and breakfast in the village of Elos, known for its chestnut trees. After arriving on Elafonisi, enjoy 4 hours of relaxing on the beach and swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Afterwards, you'll enjoy lunch at a local tavern (not included). Situated just off the island of Crete, Elafonisi is easily reached by walking through the water. Both the beach and island are protected wildlife areas of rare beauty.

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From Rethymno & Chania: Elafonissi Island Day Tour by Bus

2. 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 Gorgeand and have a stop for coffee and refreshments.  Arrive at Elafonissi beach. Here, you have four hours free time to marvel at the different colors between 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. 

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From Rethymno: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

3. 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.

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From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Small Group Tour

4. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Small Group 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 around 8.00AM, with these trips being conducted in small groups allowing for better comfort. 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. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Crete.

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Georgioupolis: Full-Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

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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.

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From Rethymno: Elafonisi and Balos Full-Day Trip

8. From Rethymno: Elafonisi and Balos Full-Day Trip

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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From Chania Area: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island by Bus

9. From Chania Area: Day Trip to Elafonisi Island by Bus

Travel to the foothills of the wild mountain landscape of Crete’s White Mountains, and discover a relaxing beach in the extreme southwest of the island. Drive through the village of Topolia, and stop in the village of Elos. Marvel at tiny villages on the way to the monastery of Panagia Chrissoskalitissa. One of the most famous monasteries on Crete, Panagia Chrissoskalitissa has a fascinating history that you will learn on a tour of the facility. Next, go to one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete at Kastelli (Deer Island). Before it’s overgrown by pine and juniper dunes, there is a flat and fine sandy beach that shimmers with pink in places due to the coral. On the opposite island of Kastelli, you can wade through the shallow turquoise lagoon where the water is no more than waist high. Depart Elafonisi at approximately 15:00, and transfer to the village of Amygdalokefali. Here, you will go to a restaurant with magnificent views, before the return transfer to your hotel.

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From Chania: Elafonisi-Falasarna Full-Day Shared Tour

10. From Chania: Elafonisi-Falasarna Full-Day Shared Tour

Explore three of the most divine and sought-after destinations on Crete on this full-day shared tour. Enjoy the convenience of pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle fully equipped with Wi-Fi service. Visit the 2 most popular beaches of Greece, Falasarna and Elafonisi, in one day.Start your journey in Vouves, where you'll visit the oldest olive tree in the world and the Olive Tree Museum. Continue west to Falasarna, a blinding white sandy beach famous for its striking turquoise waters. Then head to the next stop, Elafonisi, a beach with unique, pink sands which pop in contrast to the blue waters.Grab the kids and splash about in the shallow waters of the small, exotic lagoons. In all, you'll enjoy nearly 5 hours of leisure time swimming and sunbathing by the sea. Listen as your guide tells you about Cretan customs and sample local cuisine from a prepared lunch box. Return to your hotel once again in cool comfort in a quality vehicle.

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What people are saying about Elafonisi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,012 reviews

Absolute paradise Although if you get travel sick, take a tablet beforehand because the mountain roads are very narrow and twisty. I don't get travel sick at all but it made me feel a bit queezy...totally worth it though! No place like it

The experience was really amazing. Our guide Simona really gave a lot of info while going on the way to the caves and the Elafonissi beach. She was very polite, helpful and well read. I really recommend this trip to everyone.

Four hours was just perfect at Elafonisi Lagoon and Beach. The sand/coral really is pink in places. The road through the mountains to the beach was really narrow in places so glad we opted for a tour.

It was a really nice beach. We had great weather and calm seas. Probably my favourite excursion so far.

Well organized, great guide information, great tour, thank you!