This is one of those beaches that, on approach, exclaims, "this is what paradise must look like"! Elafonisi is one of the best known beaches throughout the world, not only on the island, but the whole of Greece. It is located in the south west of the prefecture and is about 1.5 hours (75 km) by car from the centre of Chania.
In many parts of the vast sandy beach you will notice shades of pink sand and small shells. This alone will divert your mind from the huge crowds that visit every day. The beach, with its unique natural beauty, lagoon formed in the shallow blue water, has become a Natura 2000 network protected area and has been voted 17th in the list of best beaches in the world by Tripadvisor users and 5th out of 25 best European beaches.
Panagia Chrisoskalitissa Monastery, built on a rock is located near the beach.