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Day tour to Elafonisi Beach

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Trip highlights

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Dive into the crystal-clear waters and experience the refreshing embrace of the sea.
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Beach Relaxation under the Cretan sun.
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Beach Walk: Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline
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Remember to take pictures!


Travel to western Crete with Island Spy and get a unique experience with a day tour to Elafonisi beach. Elafonisi, located on the southwestern coast of Crete, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and unique pink sand.

The route to Elafonisi offers scenic views of the Cretan countryside and small villages. This is making the trip an enjoyable part of the experience.

Rated as one of the best beaches worldwide

As you step foot on the stunning beach of Elafonisi in Crete, you'll immediately be captivated by its breathtaking beauty. The clear blue waters glisten under the sun, inviting you to take a refreshing dip. The sand, known for its distinctive pink hue, adds a touch of enchantment to the landscape. Elafonisi Beach belongs to the Natura network because of its unique natural beauty and it is voted as one of the best beaches in Europe but also all over the world!

Apart from the beach, the surrounding area is known for its diverse flora and fauna. Nature enthusiasts can explore the Elafonisi Nature Reserve, which is home to various plant species and rare wildlife. During low tide, you can walk to the small island of Elafonisi, which is a protected nature reserve. It's an excellent opportunity to explore the island's unique ecosystem and observe various bird species in their natural habitat.

Elafonisi is a protected area. So it's essential to be mindful of the surroundings and avoid leaving any waste or litter behind. Respecting the natural environment is crucial to preserving the beauty of this unique location for future generations.

Elafonisi is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, beach enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a peaceful and idyllic retreat on the island of Crete.

If you enjoy serene environments, picturesque landscapes, and natural beauty, then a day tour to Elafonisi can be a wonderful experience. Book now and enjoy!

Duration of trip
Total Duration of the Tour: 13.5 – 14.5 hours including the bus drive and the time at the beach Time in Elafonisi Beach: 4.5 hours The trip duration varies depending on the location of your hotel.
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Simply present your digital voucher to either the guide or the driver, and they will be ready to assist you accordingly.
Pickup - Available
Pick-up and drop-off service are both included in the price of your booking. Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
Cancel up to 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating. However, if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule


Morning Pick-up

Participants will be collected from designated pick-up points within the specified time frame. The exact pick-up time will be determined based on the location of your accommodation.

Embark on an unforgettable day tour from Heraklion to Elafonisi Beach, a journey spanning approximately 4 hours. Along the way, enjoy a brief stop for a quick breakfast and leg stretch, taking around 20 minutes.

As we continue our scenic drive, marvel at the captivating canyons, valleys, and charming villages dotting the landscape of Crete. The journey itself offers a splendid opportunity to admire the natural beauty of the region.

When we arrive and reach the expansive parking area, a short 5-10 minute walk is required to reach the main beach and seafront.

Upon reaching Elafonisi Beach, you'll have approximately 4.5 hours of free time to immerse yourself in its stunning surroundings. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim, lounge on the pink sand, indulge in snacks from the beach bar, and capture the breathtaking scenery through your lens. Elafonisi Beach exudes tranquility, providing ample space to unwind and connect with nature.

After a memorable time at Elafonisi Beach, we'll embark on the return journey to Heraklion, lasting around 4 hours. During the drive back, we'll make a brief stop for restroom breaks and snacks, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable ride home.

20:00 - 20:30

Evening Drop-off

Upon the conclusion of the tour, participants will board the buses and head back to their respective hotels, where they were originally picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the individual pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

Things to do
  • Spend a day in Elafonisi
  • Relax on the pink-sand beach
  • Swim in crystal-clear waters in a protected wildlife area
  • Enjoy the journey by bus as you go through the north coast of Crete, wild nature and small villages and the impressive Topolia Gorge
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Travel in comfort aboard our air-conditioned bus, driven by a professionally trained driver.
  • Experienced tour guide to provide insightful information
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
  • Participants are covered by public liability insurance
Not Included
  • Sunbeds / Umbrellas - price range from €8 to €15 and possibly higher, depending on the month
  • Food & Beverages
What to bring
  • Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit / Beach Towel
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
  • Throughout the entire trip, it's recommended that participants bring necessary items such as sunscreen, hats, towels, comfortable clothing, and any personal belongings they may require.
  • Upon reaching the expansive parking area, a short 5-10 minute walk is required to reach the main beach and seafront.
  • It's important to respect the environment and follow any guidelines provided to help preserve the natural beauty of Elafonisi and its surroundings.

About the beach:

  • Participants may bring their own lunch box as there are not many options at the beach for lunch. There is only one traditional tavern located at the very entrance of the parking spot. Additionally, there are two beach bars and snack bars offering a variety of fresh drinks, beer, ice cream, coffees, and pies or sandwiches.
  • Elafonisi offers sunbeds and umbrellas, with prices ranging from €8 to €15 and possibly higher, depending on the month and sometimes even the hour of the day.
  • There are also toilets available on the beach, although there is a very small fee to use them.
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