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Elafonisi is a tiny island with white sand, separated from the shore by a lagoon no more than a meter deep.

Elafonisi means “deer island”, but you won’t see any deer on the island or in the surrounding area. The island is 75 kilometers from Chania and it will take you about an hour and a half to get here.


On arriving you will see a large bare expanse used as a car park, a few dusty juniper trees and the wonderful colours of the lagoon.

The island is less than 200 meters from the beach and you can easily walk there through the warm, shallow water of the lagoon. On reaching the island you will discover lots of tiny beaches on its south coast.

The sand of Elafonisi is white, but in many places it is pinkish due to the thousands of broken seashells it contains. The limpid, blue-green waters will remind you of an exotic paradise.

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