Elafonissi Beach
Elafonissi Beach
4.5
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Located on the southwest coast of Crete, this remote beach is best known for its pink sand. However, temper your expectations as the amount of pink on display varies with conditions and the season. Regardless, the crystal clear waters make this a popular summer vacation spot, attracting sunbathers and watersport enthusiasts alike. Also, hike up to the neighboring cedar tree reserves for a change of scenery. Visit in the morning to beat traffic and secure a chair and umbrella before the crowds arrive. Or come in the evening for a stunning sunset when most people have left. – Tripadvisor
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  • Wendel N
    4 contributions
    A Serene Paradise
    Elafonisi Beach is an absolute must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Crete. The stunning views of the countryside during the drive to the beach already set the tone for the serene escape from the city that awaits. Once there, I was amazed by the clear turquoise waters and pink sand, which make this beach truly unique. The peaceful atmosphere and lack of crowds only added to the overall experience. It was the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun while feeling rejuvenated by the tranquil surroundings. I highly recommend Elafonisi Beach to anyone seeking a peaceful and rejuvenating day trip in Crete.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 16 February 2023
  • Amandaosara
    Habo, Sweden2,018 contributions
    Nice but to crowded
    I don't know what I think, sure it's a nice beach but I think there are better ones to go to where it's not so crowded and the sunbeds doesn't cost a fortune. There are some pink sand here, but it's hard to see because there is so many people everywhere. My guess it was better before it got so known.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 23 February 2023
  • MJK
    1,227 contributions
    Indeed, one of the best in the World.
    We have visited this place in nice, sunny October Sunday. Crystal clear water, great views and lots of sand. Fortunately the place is big enough, so we could find our own place on the beach, far from any sunbathers, however looking at the rows of sun umbrellas and beach beds (most of them empty in October) I can imagine how busy this place is during the typical holiday months. Anyway, it was great experience and I can only agree with "The World's Top Most Beautiful Beaches" rankings where Elafonissi beach is usually listed.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 10 April 2023
  • verion2739
    San Francisco, California3 contributions
    One of the best beaches in the world
    Elafonisi is a beautiful beach located in the southwest coast of the island. The turquoise waters and the pink sand give a unique look. The drive there is amazing with a lot of traditional villages on the way there and amazing landscapes.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
  • CH_globalview
    The Hague, The Netherlands229 contributions
    Beautiful beach. Well worth the trip.
    Visited in late April outside high season and it was just stunning. White and pink sand, shallow water. Parking down by the beach was great. Can imagine it gets packed in high summer given just how lovely it is.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Amy J
    4 contributions
    Beautiful
    Incredible trip! The beach wasn’t as pink as the pictures however it’s was still beautiful, powder soft sand. The lagoons were crystal clear, shallow, flat water which warmed up quickly and we’re safe for little ones to splash in. There are sun beds your can hire but it is expensive and some bars serving snacks/drinks at the top of the beach. On our trip we stopped at some caves on the way there and a small village for a meal on the way home. Brilliant experience and spectacular views.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 May 2023
  • Dawn R
    Chichester, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Not worth the travel
    I thought this was a little disappointing after a 2 hour drive. You had to park a good mile walk away from the beach unless you were a coach. Parking is definitely not free it is 5€ unless you get the chance of parking on the side of the road which I wasn’t up for just in case the hire car got hit. There were a few little bars which looked very unappealing and were very expensive 1.50€ for a small packet of crisps. Then they want to charge you 1€ to go to the toilet of which they looked horrendous. If you have any problems walking don’t do it especially the walk back out of the beach. You could see a little bit of pink sand here and there but not much, and I didn’t want to ask how much the sun beds were!! I would suggest taking a towel to sit on and picnic not to get caught out.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Airsucker
    Maple, Canada538 contributions
    Nice to visit on a hot day.
    Not easy to get to and they charge 5 euros to park. The sand is beautiful but not always pink as advertised. 2 chairs and an umbrella are 20 euros for the day and they are packed together relatively close. The water is beautiful and calm and you can walk out so far without it getting above your waist.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Jaye A
    Houston, Texas73 contributions
    The Beach Your cannot Miss
    The beach was beautiful. We drove to the beach, there is parking. There are chairs which you can rent. They also have a stand where you can purchase food. The water is beautiful. They have clean bathrooms which cost 1 Euro to use. Yu can take some really great pictures at the beach.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • voyager1
    Deventer, The Netherlands78 contributions
    Too many tourists
    Get there early, after 10 the tour busses arrive in their droves. In the end you could actually go to somewhere less crowded and just as pretty. A good example of marketing 1, reality 0, where what was potentially beautiful is no more with the crazy influx of people into a protected area.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
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beachbum50295
New York15 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
beautiful beach, chairs available for rent, very good restaurant on the beach, easy access and they deliver to your beach chair
Written 27 October 2023
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MARIAN
Miami, FL5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Business
It is a wonderful place to visit, I will return very soon I recommend it, it is perfect.
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Written 24 October 2023
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E Clay Anderson
Rehoboth Beach, DE2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Breathtaking Beach. Crystal blue and turquoise water as far as your eyes can see. Soft sand, some pink sand at the waters edge. I must see.
Written 24 October 2023
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Helen S
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Really amazing beaches, all with slightly different characters and all idyllic.
We went in October at the end of the season and it was busy, I imagine in peak season it would be too crowded to enjoy fully- October definitely a good time to go. Really stunning place.
Written 24 October 2023
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Legs26
London, UK254 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wonderful beach - remote and beautiful, really worth the slightly tough drive to get there!
The water is just fabulous, if you like a little adventure and nice beach -- this is a must do!
Written 22 October 2023
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AndreasZillig
Guntramsdorf, Austria226 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The beach is large and ideal for families with young children. Laggon is very shallow water, water is very clear. You can spend 2-8h all day if you like.
Just remember to drive down the whole street and do not get fooled from "official parking place guides" - there are 2 or 3 parking lots private but directly before beach is the Mega Parking for beach and costs as well 5€, but you save 1km walking......
Written 22 October 2023
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stevierogrog
Wisbech, UK6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It's a long old drive across to Elafonsi from Chania but with some lovely little villages and sights on the way as you make your way through winding narrow roads, sometimes with sheer drops at the side of them.

Anyway about the beach. It's one of the nicest beaches we've ever visited, however it's seriously overhyped and looks nothing like the pictures you'll see in tour guide brochures. There are very small traces of pink in the sand where the sea laps the shore but that's about it.

We visited in late October on a weekday. It was quite busy but not to the point it was uncomfortable. The water was crystal clear, warm and shallow, making it a safe place for families or those that are not strong swimmers.

When you arrive, ignore the people trying to persuade you to park on their premises and keep driving until you can't drive any further. You'll get to some bollards in the road and just before them on the right hand side is the closest car park, with plenty of spaces. It costs 5 Euros to park for the day.

The walk down to and back up from the beach is a bit of an arduous one, especially in the boiling sunshine.

Written 19 October 2023
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Global-Villagerr
Denver, CO367 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is a lovely area with fantastic extended beach. The throngs of people, even late in the season, makes it less than relaxing, however. Go as far out as you can,and enjoy the shallow waters
Written 18 October 2023
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Ped
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful beach and is as shown, sand is white and where the shore meets the sand, that is where there are pink patches. Water is clean and clear with very good visibility and you can see your feet until you can’t stand. The beach has plenty of Nissis where the sand and see meet to form water that looks like ice. Gorgeous and would recommend to anyone.
Written 18 October 2023
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Unto K
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
A beach paradise, fantastic water, a interesting bus trip with narrow roads and mountains to go there.
Written 16 October 2023
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