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Address: Inachotion, Chania, Elafonissi, Crete 73001, Greece
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An island you can walk to.

Elafonisi is an island; but thankfully, you can walk on some very shallow waters to get to the island. Once you get there, there are no umbrellas, no day beds. Only nature, as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

Elafonisi is an island; but thankfully, you can walk on some very shallow waters to get to the island. Once you get there, there are no umbrellas, no day beds. Only nature, as this is a Natura protected area. The sand is golden, the water is crystal clear as the prevailing northwest winds keep the southern beaches always clean. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Cretans call this beach the Greek Maldives, I wouldn't go as far. The beach is very nice - turquoise blue water, very shallow and calm and pink sand. However the lack of vegetation around give it a desert feeling. It is also quite crowded. Elasonissi is certainly worth visiting, but just once for a few hours might be enough.

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Easily one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. The sand is incredibly soft and the water is so blue it almost looks fake. There's also several tavernas in the immediate area. It's well worth the drive from Chania

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

We went here for an entire day, and the beach is incredible. The view is nice, the place is clean, but you will feel every microscopic change in the weather. If you haven't been there, go there!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Pink sand, clean sea and nice places that you have to pass in order to reach elafonisi. We rent a car and spent the whole day driving up the mountains and then have a swim at the beach. Worth going.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We went to visit on an overcast day. which did not show the area to its best advantage. Great beach to spend a day with some stunning views. When you arrive there is a lot of congestion at the entrance drive on further and there is plenty of parking

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Thousands of words have been written extolling the virtues of this place and many a photograph has been taken, which is what draws us all and therein lies the rub... there's an awful lot of people there and not all of them are very considerate of it's Protected Area environmental status. There's a LOT of plastic in the sand in... More 

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Slagelse, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Make sure to go to the small Island and find the Beach were there is less Wind. Lots of parking Space Nice Little shop close to the Beach area Public toilets were not so nice

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Idyllic, jaw dropping and peaceful. We drove 2 hours from Chania to see this majestic place and it was worth it. Watching everyone's reaction as they arrive was the same as ours. Your first instinct is to capture the sight on camera. The location is spacious with 3 different beaches in one place. There is a shallow beach where the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Went there in May 2015. Connected with a bus from the Chania bus station: if I'm not mistaken there is just one bus per day, so plan the travel in advance. The trip itself is "interesting", nice landscapes mostly all along the route. The bus will first stop in front of a mini-market where you can get some water and... More 

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