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Elafonissi Beach

Inachotion, Chania, Elafonissi, Crete 73001, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Elafonissi
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This beach reminds me of Hawaiian beaches with white sand and emerald waters! It was sort of small 'lakes' separated by strips of sand as if especially designed for kids! Amazing! If you go off season, you enjoy it more because the crowds don't tend to go there in fall!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Hired a car.. Lovely drive from Chania if a bit hairy at times. Lots of parking. Take food as food from stalls not good. Toilets clean but have to pay.. Can hire parasol and sun loungers are not very expensive. Beautiful beach .. Must be lovely when quiet but very busy when we visited in September...

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Boston Bar, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Got to the beach early in the day so parking was not a problem and got to enjoy a beautiful empty beach. Spent the whole day in the water so the crowds of people didnt bother me one bit. Cannot wait to go back, this place is breathtaking.

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful time at Elafonissi. The drive from Chania was definitely interesting. Lots of narrow twisty mountain roads. The day we went was rainy but that didn't stop us from playing in the water. We would have spent the entire day had the weather been better. The pink sand and lovely views are well worth a visit.

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The drive to Elafonissi from Chania is full of curves, but spectacular. The beach without tourists must be beautiful, but Sept. too crowded. Great for small kids, as it's quite shallow a few meters out. Check the wind before you go, nasty sand blowing if it's the wrong one. If you like to lie like sardines on the beach, do... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It was a very long and difficult drive from -balos (originally from stalis), but it was worth it. Unfortunately on the day we went it was extremely windy. But the place is beautiful, you won't regret spending a day there!

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limassol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The kids dream about this beach day in, day out and talk about it all the time. They loved the sand, the clear blue waters, the fact that with every dive there was a pleasant surprise waiting for them, a shell or a fish, the fact that they could swim to the little island...Dreamy indeed. It is crowded, but it... More

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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

the beach is very hard to get but once you are there its totally worth it. blue clear water and white sand. you must get there early in the morning so you find a sunbed. the only bad thing about the beach is the wind. if its a windy day avoid it.

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Sleepy Suffolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We're not beach people but felt we should visit this renowned and lovely beach. It is gorgeous, but as the time passed and it got busier and noisier it appealed to us less. As I said at the time though, if we can come and enjoy it why shouldn't everyone else..... We arrived quite early (11am ish) - an easy... More

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Patras, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

paradise.the waters,the place,the sand , ,,it worth the two-hour driving because it has everything you need for a long stay! If you want to sit in a deckchair you need to know they will charge around 7 Euro

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