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Elafonissi Beach, Greece

From series “Top 15 Most Romantic Beaches on Earth”
In search of the most romantic beach of Greece you should go to the island of Crete, near the coast of which is a miniature island of Elafonisi. It is on its territory that the eponymous beach is located. It is among the most romantic beaches of the country. Elafonisi is perfectly visible from the coast of Crete. It is not necessary to hire a boat to get to the island. The beach here is so shallow that you can wade from one island to another.

Elafonissi Beach, Greece Among the main features of the unique beach we should mention the purest sand of a pleasant pink shade, that received its non-standard colour due to the smallest fragments of shells. With the pink sand covering the coastal zone of the island, a tragic legend is associated. In April 1824, at the height of the war with Turkey, several hundred local residents, mainly women and children, took refuge on the islet. They failed to escape from the conquerors, all the people who had sheltered on the island perished at the hands of the enemy.

According to the legend, it was after these tragic events that the sand on the coast turned pink. At the highest point of the island is an important historical landmark - a memorial dedicated to the tragic events of 1824. Elafonisi beach is very popular with tourists. In the height of the season there are always a lot of tourists on its territory. Those who like to relax in a more peaceful environment, will enjoy a stroll to the nearby beach of Kedrassos, which is famous for its quieter and less crowded surroundings. Next - Mudhdhoo Beach

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Nearest airports:
 »  Souda Airport CHQ - in 62 km
 »  Kithira Airport KIT - in 121 km
 »  Nikos Kazantzakis Airport HER - in 148 km
 »  Milos Island National Airport MLO - in 179 km
 »  Sparta Airport SPJ - in 210 km
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Best hotels near Elafonissi Beach


Located in 4 km from Elafonissi Beach
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Rooms: 4
Villas are divided into 2 levels, including a lounge with fireplace and a dining area featuring a fully equipped kitchen. Each villa has 2 bedrooms, … More: photo, rates and booking

Located in 8 km from Elafonissi Beach
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Rooms: 5
Opening to a private balcony, the rooms and apartments of Viena have a fridge and a TV. Each unit includes a private bathroom with shower, while the … More: photo, rates and booking
Grammeno Camping

Located in 9 km from Elafonissi Beach
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Rooms: 3
Grammeno caravans are set amidst lush trees and they are all air conditioned. They include a TV, electric kettle, mini fridge and they also have a … More: photo, rates and booking
Hello Village

Located in 10 km from Elafonissi Beach
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Rooms: 2
Featuring a fireplace, the air-conditioned villas of Hello have beamed ceilings and are traditionally decorated with handmade wooden furniture. Each … More: photo, rates and booking

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