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Elafonissi, South Crete


Elafonissi is a lagoon in the South West of Crete and one of the most popular nature reserve of the Island. Sand dunes with fine sand enclose a large area. Small sandy islets are reachable on foot. The sea is so shallow here that one can walk from isle to isle. Coral reefs serve as wave breakers. Fine traces of red coral leave a deposit on the waterfront and offer a fantastic light show in the water.

It is located 49 km southwards from the coastal village Kolimbari, about 1 hour drive and 1 hour 2o minutes drive from Chania Town. The way is the goal. Driving southwards from the coastal Village Kolimbari to the Lagoon Elafonissi you will see varied landscapes, all what Crete can offer. The Beach of Elafoniss is well organized. you will find there toilettes, a café and a small fast food restaurant, and a water-sport-centre for canoe and pedalos and stand up boards, there are also sun beds and sunshades for rent. On the offshore Island “Elafonissi” you will find a nature trail through the dunes.

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