A Magical Day in Elafonisi!

If you have a bucket list filled with must-visit places in your lifetime, Elafonisi should undoubtedly be on it.

This enchanting destination not only captivates with its surreal beauty, leaving you feeling whole just by being here, but it also presents numerous activities for you to partake in.

In addition to the unreal beauty that defines Elafonisi, the nearby Monastery of Panagia Chrysoskalitissa adds another layer to the experience. Here, you can discover yet another delightful beach to dive into—Aspri Limni (White Lake).

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Elafonisi: Beyond Greece's Borders, a Beach of Renown

Elafonisi: Beyond Greece's Borders, a Beach of Renown

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Elafonisi offers a truly remarkable and exotic landscape that resembles an island, boasting white sandy shores and crystal-clear blue waters. This beach is particularly ideal for children, as the shallow waters provide a safe and enjoyable swimming experience. The uniqueness of Elafonisi lies in its location on a small islet connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of warm and shallow sea. In essence, it forms an oblong peninsula that, due to the sea level, gives the impression of a distinct and separate island.

The beach is situated just one kilometre away from the captivating cedar forest, Kedrodasos, and visitors have the option to embark on a scenic coastal journey along the E4 Path, immersing themselves in the beauty of the surroundings on foot. Its famous pink sand is formed by a combination of shells and corals.



Photo 5 , 6 and 11-20 by Περιφέρεια Κρήτης (www.incrediblecrete.gr)

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SUP Excursion: A Beautiful Journey from Elafonisi to Kedrodasos

SUP Excursion: A Beautiful Journey from Elafonisi to Kedrodasos

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This world-famous exotic destination is renowned for its breath-taking surroundings. It boasts exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, reminiscent of the Caribbean. In many areas, the sand even takes on a pink hue, derived from the abundance of crushed shells.

Paddle from Elafonisi to Kedrodasos! This beautiful beach offers white sand and occasional smooth, flat rocks, creating a delightful and scenic experience for paddlers.

This excursion is recommended for individuals with prior experience in long-distance SUP and open sea paddling. 

Surfisland: Exquisite Surfing Adventures at Elafonisi

Surfisland: Exquisite Surfing Adventures at Elafonisi

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Situated in southwest Crete, Elafonisi boasts a captivating lagoon and a pristine swimming beach featuring remarkably clear waters and unique pink sands, creating an exotic panorama seldom found elsewhere on the planet. As the summer months unfold, a short distance south of the swimming zone unveils one of the finest windsurfing spots in Crete.

Situated along the northwest winds of the Ionian Sea, this coastal area benefits from consistent winds devoid of gusts or shifts in direction. Throughout the summer, the presence of sea breezes ensures nearly daily ideal conditions for windsurfing activities (ranging between 4 and 5 Beaufort, occasionally reaching 6 Beaufort on certain days).

Along the southern edge of the lagoon, an array of exceptional freestyle, freeride, and slalom conditions awaits. The combination of flat water and consistent winds ensures optimal circumstances for honing skills, whether you're mastering carve gybes or attempting your initial freestyle manoeuvres. The lagoon itself features deeper waters at its centre, making it an ideal playground for kitesurfing enthusiasts.



Chrysoskalitissa Monastery: Captivating Beauty in Timeless Serenity

Chrysoskalitissa Monastery: Captivating Beauty in Timeless Serenity

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The Holy Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa is a 17th century Orthodox monastery situated at the southwestern tip of the Kissamos municipality, overlooking the serene Libyan Sea. Perched at an altitude of 35 metres, it is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. 

Today, nestled between the serene monastery and the renowned Elafonisi beach, there exist a picturesque cluster of charming houses, lodging for travellers, and a delightful taverna.

At the foot of the majestic staircase that leads to the Chrysoskalitissa Monastery, a delightful shop awaits, offering a wide array of ecclesiastical handicrafts. Here, you can browse through a collection of exquisite small crosses and icons, perfect as memorable souvenirs or thoughtful gifts.


Source/ Photo: Municipality of Kissamos

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Aspri Limni Beach

Aspri Limni Beach

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A relatively undiscovered yet truly enchanting beach is Aspri Limni (White Lake), located near the historic Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa in the Chania region of Crete.

Aspri Limni is a small, unspoiled beach with no amenities. It features white sand and is encircled by rocks, forming a natural barrier around a protected lagoon. Despite the fact that thousands of tourists visit the nearby Elafonisi, the beauty of Aspri Limni remains relatively undiscovered and off the beaten path.

The Forestry Department often guides visitors to this beach, primarily due to the presence of the protected Cretan date palm colony, which adds significant environmental value to the area.


Photos 1 and 2 by @nick.haji

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Traditional Cuisine at Chrysoskalitissa Monastery: A Taste of Cretan Heritage

Traditional Cuisine at Chrysoskalitissa Monastery: A Taste of Cretan Heritage

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In your quest for delicious food in Kissamos, you're bound to come across Stomio Taverna, a charming and enchanting hideaway nestled in the scenic surroundings of Chrysoskalitissa Monastery.

Here, genuine traditional Cretan cuisine takes on a whole new level. The dishes are meticulously prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

In a delightful outdoor courtyard, you can savour your meal in a picturesque setting that transports you to the very essence of Cretan nature and tradition.