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LOCATION CATEGORY
  • 1. Elafonisi

    Elafonisi (Greek: Ελαφονήσι [elafoˈnisi] “deer island”) is an island located close to the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania. When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature reserve. It is known for its pink sand beaches, created by tidal and wave-induced deposits of pigmented microorganisms living in a symbiotic relationship with native seaweed.

Activities in the area

  • Balos lagoon (by car this is about 9km on an un-tarred road however it is a 2km walk from Balos Beach hotel).
  • Visit the well known beach of Falassarna (10 km from Balos Beach, about a 10 minute drive). At this beach you will also find windsurfing, and kite surfing.
  • Visit the lagoon like beach of Elafonisos and stop at the Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa along the way (about a 45 minute drive from Balos Beach hotel).
  • Gramvousa islet (take the ferry from Kissamos port).
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient city of Polyrinia (12 kilometers from Balos Beach Hotel, just 6 kilometers south of Kissamos). Polyrinia is considered to be the oldest city that the Dorians built in Crete (following the Minoan Period).
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum of Kissamos (6 km from Balos Beach Hotel) housed in a Venetian-Turkish monument.
  • Hike the gorge of “Samaria” (busses leave from the bus station of Kissamos with a stop at Chania central bus station).
  • Drive through the gorge of “Therisso”.
  • Hike the Deliana gorge (this unchallenging but rewarding hike takes about two hours in total). You will likely see goats and the Griffon vultures.
  • Scuba diving is available at the beach at Balos Beach hotel – ask at the reception. Booking is via “Aqua Sports” Balos Dive Centre.
  • Snorkelling is possible at the beach at Balos Beach hotel an you can also snorkel at most other beaches in Chania.
  • Gym – you can gym at a local gym in the town of Kastelli – ask at the reception for details (location, charge, appointments etc).
  • Visit the centre of Chania as well as the must-see old Venetian harbor and town (about 43 kilometers from Balos Beach Hotel).

Some of the more popular places there are the Naval Museum, the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Museum, the Archaeological museum, the Turkish mosque (which now functions as an arts exhibit hall), the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, the Jewish Synagogue and Hallidon Street (the most famous street of the old town). For more information, have a look at www.chania.gr and www.xania.net (with several photos) and www.west-crete.com .

Distances

Chania centre: 43 km
Chania centre bus station: 43 km
Chania airport: 53 km
Chania (Souda) Port: 45 km
Rethymno town and port: 90 km
Heraklion centre: 150 km
Heraklion port: 150 km
Heraklion airport: 150 km
Balos beach
Elafonisi
Elafonisi (Greek: Ελαφονήσι [elafoˈnisi] "deer island") is an island located close to the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania. When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature reserve. It is known for its pink sand beaches, created by tidal and wave-induced deposits of pigmented microorganisms living in a symbiotic relationship with native seaweed.