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Day tour to Elafonisi Beach

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Trip highlights

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Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters for a revitalizing encounter with the sea's refreshing touch.
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Relaxation on the beaches of Crete under the sun!
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Dive and explore underwater!
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Beach Stroll: Enjoy a relaxed walk by the water's edge.
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Don't forget to capture the moments with photos!
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Make a 20 minute stop at a traditional cafe for restroom, before we arrive at Elafonisi.


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
12 hours The trip duration varies depending on the location of your hotel.
Mobile ticketing
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 such us the areas of Rethymno, Skaleta, Sfakaki, Adelianos Kampos, Panormos, Bali, Kavros & Georgioupolis etc 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

7:45 - 8:15 am

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.

Set off on a memorable day trip from Rethymno to the beautiful Elafonisi Beach, which takes about 3 hours. As our scenic journey unfolds, be enchanted by the stunning gorges, lush valleys, and quaint villages that speckle Crete's landscape. This trip is a fantastic chance to take in the island's natural wonders.

During our journey to Elafonisi, we'll take a comfortable break after 2 hours of driving. We'll stop in a charming village where you can relax at a traditional café for 20 minutes. This pause is perfect for stretching your legs, enjoying a quick rest, or using the toilet. It's a great way to break up the trip and soak in some local atmosphere before we continue on to our beautiful destination

Upon arrival at the spacious parking lot, we'll walk for about 15 minutes to get to the main beach area.

At Elafonisi Beach, you'll enjoy roughly 4 hours of leisure to explore its breathtaking beauty. Swim in the clear blue waters, relax on the pink-hued sands, enjoy refreshments from the beach bar, and take photos of the stunning views. Elafonisi offers a peaceful environment perfect for relaxing and connecting with the natural world.

Following an unforgettable visit to Elafonisi Beach, we begin our return drive to Rethymno.

19:00 - 19:30

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

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Travel comfortably aboard our air-conditioned bus, driven by a professionally trained driver.
  • Experienced tour guide who provides insightful information
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
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 15 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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