Elafonissi is a place of exceptional natural beauty, something between an island and a peninsula, as you have to walk through the sea to reach it, and it is included in the Natura 2000 Protection Program. Once occupied by pirates, today it is a very popular destination for day trippers who flood there to experience the unique feeling of being in a faraway lagoon, whilst having a Mediterranean holiday.
Elafonissi is a paradise on earth – a heaven of unparalleled beauty. It is covered with sand dunes, low trees, bushes, sand lilies and junipers. You can get there on foot from the beach, by passing through shallow aquamarine and turquoise waters. The white and pink sand made of thousands of broken seashells, the limpid, blue-green waters, the little coves and the secluded tiny beaches remind the travelers of a paradise lost. Take a swim in the warm tropical waters and relax under the hot summer sun!
During our return trip, we will have a short stop at the Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa, where we will enjoy the panoramic view to the open sea. The monastery is built on a huge rock and it is visible from far away, due to its dazzling white color. You can climb up to pay your respects and look for the golden step which, according to a local legend, only the true believers can see.