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Elafonisi beach tour

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It lies on the southwestern side of Crete and about 75 kilometers from the town of Chania, an island that is within walking distance from the mainland, sometimes without even getting one’s toes wet. It is named by the word "Elafi", which means deer in Greek because people years ago discovered that you can get easily to the islet on foot like a deer that walked to it.

Driving through the mountains and along the spectacular Topolia gorge you have the opportunity to visit the cave of Agia Sophia. From the street level you have to climb quite a few steps, then continue walking through a small path. As you get closer to the cave, you realize the opening is actually quite big, and little by little the roof of a quaint church begins to appear on the left. Actually, the church is situated inside the cave itself, which is why they both bear the same name.

Many ancient objects were discovered at this location, including shells from the Neolithic period.

After taking a few hesitant steps until the eyes adjust to the dim light, continue towards the little church, which is in the front on the left side of the cave, and actually forms one of the church's walls. The church is small and quite ordinary, without any architectural or hagiographical features. What makes it unique is the sense of space once you are inside.

5km north of Elafonissi, the Chrysoskalitisa monastery. This monastery has been built on a high rock, resembling a fortress. According to the legend, the last step of the staircase leading to the monastery is gold, but can only be seen by those who really believe in God.

Few minutes later….

Turquoise-white lagoon-like waters that ripple as they pick up the breeze, Elafonissi is an exotic place, a flat morsel of land with sporadic vegetation against the stark bareness of the Cretan mountains.

You can get to the Elafonissi island on foot because the waters are shallow, sometimes without even getting one's toes wet, and therefore is ideal for families with small children.

Elafonisi beach tour Zen Group
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