Is a place of an exceptional natural beauty
Elafonissi beach is such a popular destination and a top of the top things to do / excursion from all over Crete. White-Sand Beaches - Shallow Waters - Turquoise Sea What characterizes the area of Elafonissos and makes it such an exotic place, are the little sand islets formed, the shallow turquoise waters of the sea, which at a point looks like a lagoon, and certainly the fine white sand, pinkish at several spots because of the crushed shell powder.
The whole area is an endless summer playground for young and old alike. As you approach Elafonisi, the downhill road lets you glimpse the area from afar. You will see blue and turquoise colours of the sea, white-sand beaches all over the place and cedars scattered all around. The pink colour of the sand comes from thousands of seashells which have been thrashed into small pieces during hundreds of years.
Opposite the beach is Elafonisi Island which you can easily reach by walking or swimming through the shallow sea. The whole area is under the protection of the Natura-Program, therefore it is strictly forbidden to take sand with you.