Elafonisi is an exotic beach worth visiting. It is the landmark of western Crete and widely famous for its unique beach of white, pinky –red coral sand & turquoise crystal clear waters. It is a well organized beach managing to keep its natural character. Canteens, tavernas and cafes can be found in the area of Elafonisi.
Elafonisi Island is separate from the Crete mainland by a beautiful lagoon somewhere between ankle and knee deep. The island is a protected nature reserve (Natura 2000).A wooden cross commemorates a shipwreck from 1907- Austrian passenger steamer called Imperatrix.
On the Elafonisi Island there is also the monument of the greek women and children who had been slaughtered by Turks during the Turkish invasion.