Beaching Around Elafonisi Beach in Crete

Elafonissi Beach, Crete -

We all agreed the night before that we will have an early start on our second day in Crete, yeah that didn’t happen. We will plan the same thing for the days to come but that plan will never ever push through. Even I, who’s always the first one to be up in the morning thanks to my stupid body clock, get up at around 9am as well which is extremely late for me. It doesn’t matter, we’re on a holiday and Greeks are very well-known for their very laidback attitude about everything. The whole time we’re in Crete, we’ll be normally on our way at around noon. Thanks to the glorious summers in Greece when the sun sets late at night, it doesn’t feel like we’ve wasted our days by starting late.

Our agenda on our second day was to visit the famous Elafonisi beach, an hour and a half drive away from Chania’s Old Town. We arrived at a very busy beach and almost didn’t get ourselves an umbrella to sit under as everything’s occupied. Thankfully, a British family was about to leave and told us that we can take their sunbeds. Bless them, as how the Brits would say it.

It was quite hot that day so as soon as we’ve settled in our sunbeds, we went to the clear blue sea for a dip. Elafonisi Beach is absolutely gorgeous! It may be crowded but because it’s such a huge beach, it isn’t crowded in the sea at all. I was absolutely blown away by the sea, the gradual color of the water from light blue to dark is so pleasing to the eyes – add the pink color of the sand to it then it’s definitely an instagrammable beach.

We spent most of our day swimming, lazing around, drinking frappe and beer on repeat. When we’ve had enough of it, The Greek Mister and I decided to go to the island which is within walking distance from we were. A small and shallow lagoon separates the island from the main beach and the island itself is a protected area, so there are no bars nor sunbeds allowed. It was much quieter on this side and the sand is much whiter and finer. There’s a small rocky hill that you can climb to get an amazing view of the whole beach area snaking through the sea. It’s breathtaking!

Elafonissi Beach, Crete -

Elafonissi Beach, Crete -

Elafonissi Beach, Crete -

Once our stomachs started growling for food, we decided to go to Kotsiana Village and have our dinner at Kafeneio Mezedopoleio Eilikrineia which turned out to be the best meal we’ll ever have in Crete. The village isn’t touristic at all which is one of the main reasons why I loved it, I like supporting local businesses when I travel and this taverna is worth that support. They serve traditional Cretan dishes focused on meat and I have to say, the sausages served there was the best I’ve ever had. We stayed there for 4 hours, eating and drinking the entire time. The tavernas in Greece will often give you free drinks to make you stay longer and order more so we basically had loads of bottles of free raki while we’re there.

We headed back to our hotel when our stomachs can no longer accommodate more food and our livers surrendered from all the alcohol we’ve consumed, not that we listened to our livers because we continued on drinking in our hotel.

Again, a fruitful day spent in Crete! Loving it so far.

On a different note, a lot of people have been asking me what camera I use for photos and videos and you’ll all be surprised that it’s just a camera phone. I am using Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro which is amazing! Camera’s wonderful, the memory’s huge and the battery lasts the whole day even if it’s being used constantly. Here’s a link where you can buy this phone from: Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Single-SIM) 128GB BLA-L09 SIM-Free 4G Smartphone (Titanium Grey). Just to remind you, if you do buy it from this link I’ll get a small commission from it at no extra charge to you. Thank you in advance if you do decide to buy it from my link. 🙂

Here’s a short video of our Cretan holiday:


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  • Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels August 12, 2018 at 21:20

    such a beautiful beach

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