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From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

1. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

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. Get picked up from your hotel area in the morning. Stop for a short break is the Aghia Sophia cave. Visit the cave, and have coffee or refreshments if you choose. Following this, depart for Elafonissi. On your way, see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery, along with the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once you reach Elafonissi, 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 end of your tour, return to your accommodation in Crete.

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What people are saying about Platanes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 283 reviews

We absolutely loved it. Especially how the tour was well organized and on time. Also our driver Kostas was very nice and his bus was very clean and comfortable with air conditioner very well set that it was cool enough but we didn’t feel cold neither. We experienced both Balos and Elafonissi beach tours with Markidis travel and we would have chosen them again. We very much appreciated that the tour was a bit adjusted and we went to the beach directly and avoided crowdy beach. When it comes to the tours themselves, if you don’t have enough time and want to experience something new, go for Balos tour. If you prefer a sandy comfortable beach, go with Elafonissi. Elafonissi beach is very pretty but it is a bit “boring”- comfortable sandy beach with sunbeds and umbrellas. Also, you have to search for the pink sand, so you might take it as a challenge. On the way back we went to see a cave which was very interesting because the cave used to be used as a chirch and for ceremonies.

Wonderful tour guide and a great bus driver! The great thing about the tour is that you not only reach the wonderful beach at a perfect time, but also learn a lot about Crete, its culture and sights on the way there. On the way back we even made a stop at a cave with a tavern at a dizzy height. Whether a taverna with self-service is really traditional, I doubt it. Nevertheless, the tour was great and I can recommend it to everyone! Price/performance top!

Great tour - Anastasia and the driver Kostas were great. There was information about the area and history and different music during the ride, which made the ride go by comparatively quickly. We were the first bus on the absolutely magnificent beach and were therefore able to secure a nice spot. Later we stopped at a small cave and could eat something there before we went back to the hotel. A great trip - we can recommend it unconditionally. Just great.

Superb day, well organized, well explained, welcoming and competent, we loved it

Very nice staff and an incredibly beautiful beach. Can just be recommended.