Elafonisi Day Tour

Spend a day in the exotic Elafonisi, featuring one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe!
10 hours
The pink sands of Elafonisi
per person 34

On the west edge of Crete sits Elafonisi, one of the most unique places in Greece and a Natura 2000 protected area. Full of dunes with sand lilies and junipers, where the color of the sand is alternating between white and pink while waves of crystal clear turquoise waters lick the shore. A Caribbean paradise in the Mediterranean that is waiting to be explored! This full day tour will transport you to the idyllic setting of Elafonisi and also show you around the cave of Agia Sophia and the traditional Cretan village of Elos.

Operated most Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May to October. For a specific date, check availability starting from Chania or Rethymno.
Only guests ages 5 through 12 are eligible for "children's rates"

From May to October:

  • 34,00 € per adult
  • 17,00 € per child


After we pick you up in the morning from various designated locations around Chania or Rethymno, we will follow the green north coast just before Kastelli and finally reach the rock chapel of Agia Sophia through the village of Topolia. This small church is hidden in a dripstone cave, accessible by a small uphill climb. It dates back to the battles of the Cretans against the Venetians and Turks and was named after a religious icon found wedged in a rock inside the cave. Magnificent stalactites, stalagmites and pillars cover the largest part of its surface. Neolithic shells and a previously unknown species of insect that was named Spermophora Topolia were discovered inside the cave. After a short visit to this incredibly interesting site, we will proceed to the main attraction of the tour!

Elafonisi is located on the southwestern most point of Crete and is an oblong, which often seems to be divided into two parts by water, giving the impression of it being a separate island. The protected area of Elafonisi features magnificent natural formations with arguably the most beautiful being the pinkish sand which exists in many places, taking its color from thousands of broken sea shells and corals. The endangered turtles Caretta-Caretta and several rare animals nest on the island and it is strictly forbidden to remove any flora or fauna from the area. The exotic beach with its white and pink sand and turquoise waters is reminiscent of the Caribbean. Near the breaking point of the peninsula, the water does not exceed 1m (3 feet), creating a small lagoon, which can easily be crossed.

The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is organized, having umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, snack bars and changing rooms. In Elafonisi, you will have plenty of time to explore the area, swim in the crystal clear waters and even grab a bite to eat! Depending on conditions we may have time to visit the village of Elos as well, before hopping back on the bus that we will take us back to where we came from!

  • Pick up and drop off with air-conditioned bus from select spots in Chania & Rethymno
  • Visit to the cave of Saint Sophia
  • Visit to Elafonisi
  • Visit to Elos village (subject to conditions)
  • English Speaking Guide

Not included:

  • Personal expenses, extra beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your driver and escort
  • Duration of the tour is approximately 8-12 hours depending on your pick up location
  • Pick up and Drop off is conducted only in select spots in Chania and Rethymno. Depending on your location, you will be advised on the time and place after booking.
  • Remember to bring the following items: sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, swimsuit and beach towel
  • Rubbish disposal as well as removing seashells from the beach is prohibited
  • The visit to a local village is dependent on various conditions regarding availabilty and number of total participants.