Elafonisi Beach – Pink Sands is of the most unique and beautiful places not in Crete, but also in the world. Those who want to add bright colours and unforgettable impressions to their lives come here.
type: private 1–6 people, possible with children
duration: 7–8 hours;
places to visit: the cave of Agia Sofia, the Chrysoskalitis Monastery, Elafonisi beach — pink sands, traditional Cretan villages;
Your hotel in the Chania region. Other regions on request.
09:00 – 09:30
* Local Professional Guide on request – €120
For visiting the Monastery, you must wear modest clothes:
If the weather becomes unsuitable during any day trip, the tour-leader has the authority to make any alterations to the program to best suit the needs of the group depending the current weather conditions. The original program is followed as closely as possible.
If any participant suffers from any severe allergy (e.g. to bee stings, food allergies/intolerances) or has medical/health issues we need to be aware of, it is important to let us know in advance. This is clearly a safety measure, personal information is by no means violated and we exercise all discretion.
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The sands of the Beach are considered to be a unique natural phenomenon. They got their colour due to a small amount of impurities, which are represented by fragments of:
There is a legend explaining the pink colour of the sand. According to the legend in 1824 the Turkish invaders attacked the island. They ruthlessly killed more than 700 local citizens. In memory of the innocently died people the memorial was installed at the highest point of Elafonissi and the colour of the sand is a reminder of the tragic event.
You can see such a colour of the sand not the coast, but also at a shallow depth. The coast is washed by the waters of the Libyan Sea. The water here is crystal clear and completely safe for swimming.
The beach is located in the south-west of Crete, 76 kilometres from the town of Chania. The road passes through the majestic gorges. We will also go through olive and orange plantations and have a chance to see original mountain settlements.
We will be able to see Agia Sophia Cave, which is famous for stalagmites and the chapel built inside it. At the foot of the cave, you can visit a roadside cafe, where you can take a short break and drink cold coffee or freshly squeezed orange juice.
Further we will continue our journey along a beautiful serpentine road passing Cretan villages and olive groves. Having passed through the mountain ridge, you will see a wonderful view of the Libyan Sea. Very soon we will get to Chrysoskalitissa Monastery. When visiting the Monastery, men should be dressed in trousers and outerwear; women should have knees and shoulders covered. At the entrance to the Monastery you can take the blankets and scarves.
After visiting the Monastery, it will take us ten minutes to get to the Elafonissi Beach. You will have 3 hours of free time for swimming, relaxing and taking photos.
On our way back, we will stop at a roadside shop for tasting olive oil, Cretan thyme honey and, of course, raki — local vodka. After that we will go to the Cretan tavern.
In order to make the rest as comfortable as possible, we recommend you to take your sightseeing tour the following things:
Everyone has the unique opportunity to swim in the waters of the Libyan Sea and relax the pink sand beach. Elafonissi will win your heart with its favourable climate and beautiful landscapes. Photos taken during theis tour will be fantastic.
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