Elafonisi beach is one of the most emblematic of the island, and is featured on countless postcards. It is to be found 80 km from the Chania.
Elafonisi is a small island, connected to the Cretan mainland by a shallow crossing of several hundred meters, which can be made on foot. The whole area, which is part of the NATURA 2000, is characterized by its pale sands, its shallow and crystal-clear waters, turquoise in colour, and the small pink patches made up from crushed sea-shells.
Ideally one should visit Elafonisi outside of the tourist season, when it is not over crouded! Camping is not permitted here.
South of Elafonisi is another area of wild and remarkable beauty – Kedrodasos or the Forest of Cedars. Access can be made by car (up to a certain point) by a dirt-road through the plastic green-houses, or on foot following the E4 walking-route from the beach of Elafonisi itself.
Dunes of white sand and the ancient cedars cover the whole vicinity. The main beach is sandy and boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters; along the coastal path from Elafonisi to Kedrodasos are small deserted coves. Unlike Elafonisi, Kedrodasos is absolutely untouched: no food or water is to be had there, so make sure you take what you need with you on a visit! Kedrodasos too is part of the NATURA 2000 programme
Because of its shady nature and isolation, the spot is a favourite haunt for unsupervised camping and nudists.But be warned: here too camping is illegal!