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Rosem Ammos and Turquoise Waters are the absolute characteristics of the most popular destination in the prefecture of Chania. The site of a special natural beauty and Natura protected area.
It is no coincidence that eloquence is at the world’s first award-winning beaches.
A visit to Elafonissi will compensate you for the uniqueness of the place.
Elafonissi (Elafonisos for many) is located in the southwest corner of the prefecture of Chania, Crete, and is something between an island and a peninsula.
Elafonissi means an island of deer, but you will not see any deer walking on the island or in the surrounding area. It is 75 km from Chania and you will need about 1.5 hours to get here. Organized day trips are organized by our travel agency CRETE Bus Travel.
you will come across the monastery of Chrysoskalitissa that stands out from afar being white and built high on a large rock.Celebrate for a glorious pilgrimage to this historic monastery and look for the golden step, which as the myth says, only true believers see it.
Elafonissi is 5km away from Chrysoskalitissa, and by reaching here you will see a large bare area that has been shaped like a parking lot, a few dusty cedar trees and the magnificent colors of the lagoon.
The beach is less than 200 meters from the island and you can walk in the warm, shallow waters. Arriving on the island you will discover many small beaches on its southern coast.
The sand in Elafonissi is white, but in many places it has a pink hue. The waters are transparent and with their blue-green color will remind you of exotic paradise.
Why the sand is pink ….?
Responsible for the pink sand are the broken shells, namely the tiny crustaceans called Foraminifera, which when they complete their life cycle and die, leave behind their reddish shells that remain in the water and are crushed in the sand, which her turn gets this stunning shade.
The massacre of 1824 in Elafonissi
Here, 850 people were slaughtered by the Turks on Easter Day in 1824. The massacre was made purely for revenge and punishment for the rebellious Cretan people, as the victims were mainly women and children.
At the highest point of the island there is a plaque, which commemorates the memory of a tragic event. Specifically, on Easter Sunday, on April 24, 1824, several hundred Greeks, mainly women and children, were slaughtered in Elafonissi by Ottoman soldiers.In order to advance from the Turkish Ottoman forces, forty armed men had found shelter on the island with women, children and the elderly, where they were waiting for a ship to take them to the Ionian Islands. The Ottoman soldiers had decided to camp on the beach across from the island. One of their horses crossed the seawater that separated the island from the land and the people hiding on the island were revealed. According to several sources,there were a total of 640 and 850 people on the island, most of whom were slaughtered, and the remaining survivors were sold to Egypt’s slave-makers [
The beach features sun loungers, umbrellas and refreshments. There is also the possibility of water sports.
Scheduled excursions take place daily from the center of Chania. For more information, please visit the cretebus-travel site.