There are a few places in the world that can make you experience a range of emotions. I am talking about the feeling you get when you are in front of a piece of heaven. One of these places is in my opinion Elafonisi Beach.
It is situated in the south-west of Crete, at about 70 kilometers from the city of Chania. The lagoon of Elafonisi is one of those exceptional natural beauties. You will be speechless in front of the exotic scenery that you will find there.
A long stretch of fine sand and the clear greenish blue water blend together in a harmonious way. The sandy patches that look like small sand islets and the cedars that are scattered all over the place, give that special touch to the entire beach. The scenery is embellished by a few interesting stones of various shapes and sizes, which seem to tan in the sun together with the tourists.
The stretch of pink sand that can be seen along the waterline makes this place really interesting and different. This pink color of the sand is due to a multitude of crushed shells which leave behind a pink powder. Elafonisi Beach is a very entertaining beach where you can choose from a variety of activities: water sports, snorkeling or swimming.
There are some parts of the beach where the level of the water is not very high and where the children can safely swim or play. Elafonisi Beach is quite accessible and you can easily get there by boat or by car. No matter how you choose to get there, you will have the chance to admire beautiful landscapes.
If you choose to get there by boat it will be a great opportunity to explore the beauty of the entire peninsula, but if you choose to get there by car you will have the possibility to discover a picturesque mountain scenery. You should know that the beach is actually situated at the end of the road, where you can also find a parking place.
The beach has a few facilities but my advice is to take everything you might need with you in order to avoid queuing because Elafonisi beach is pretty crowded, especially during summer. The entire area is a nature reserve, under Natura 2000 protection program, because it shelters a variety of rare species.The sea turtles, called caretta caretta are the most famous and popular.
To sum up, Elafonisi Beach is a piece of heaven and you should not leave Crete without visiting it.