This trip will take you to a true paradise, Elafonisi Beach. The lagoons, the pink sand and the promontory make this one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete. The promontory is a protected area because different species of plants and flowers. The beaches are not allowed to have sunbeds and umbrellas for hire and are usually more quiet then the main beach. There is also a small lighthouse from where you have a great view of the surroundings.
You can go on an organized tour from Plakias, by bus or by car. By bus you change twice, in Rethymno and in Chania. For the up to date bus schedules click the KTEL-Logo.
Below follows a suggested itinerary if you go by car. It is a long drive but one you won't forget.
Part 1: Plakias - Elafonisi (including breath taking scenic drive)
From Plakias you drive to Rethymno and get on the national road to Chania. You drive south (left turn) at the harbour once you have passed Kissamos (2km from Kissamos). You drive via the villages of Zerviana, Gramvousa, Platanos, Sfinari, Kampos, and Vathi to the Chrisoskalitissis Monastery, an amazing scenic drive!
Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is a 17th-century Orthodox Christian.Monastery. It is built up on rocks some 35 metres high, overlooking the Libyan Sea. According to local tradition, the name of the monastery is derived from one of the ninety steps which lead there, which is said to be golden ("chryso" in Greek) and visible only to devout Christians.
From here it is just a short drive to Elafonisi Beach. There is plenty of parking space.
Part 2: Elafonisi - Elos - Plakias
The quickest way back to Plakias is following the signs for Chania. On the way you pass a very nice little village called Elos, good spot for a break. Once you're back on the north coast you take the national highway to Rethymno and then back to Plakias.
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