Elafonissi Beach

    Voted the 2nd best beach in Europe. For us it's No 1.

    BeachesElafonissi Beach

    Elafonisi beach or Elafonissi (Greek: Ελαφονήσι “deer island”) is the paradise that you are looking as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The unique turquoise color of its waters, as well as the color of the pink sand make this a stunning location to spend your day.

    The area is relatively unspoiled, however the beach is organised with umbrellas, sunbeds and a couple of canteens to buy food and drinks. There is also free parking around the beach, but getting a spot might be easier said than done, as Elafonissi is very popular during the summer months.

    Whether you plan to go there by car or bus, brace yourself for one challenging ride. The travel time is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from the city of Chania if you go by bus and just under 2 hours if you go by car. For bus times please refer to our timetable page.

    Insider Tip: Big parts of the pink sand has disappeared due to change of the sea level, so set your expectations very low on the pink sand you see online.