Elafonissi Island is located near the southwestern corner of the Greek Island, Crete. Once I saw photos of the beautiful turquoise water and pink sand, I knew I had to go. However, I wanted to make the most out of my day, so I decided to book a tour with Diana’s Travel. Not only did we go to Elafonissi Beach, but we made other stops throughout the day which made the trip even better.
The first stop was to the Agia Sofia Cave also known as “The Cave of the Wisdom of God” which is situated in the Topolia Gorge. You have some steps to hike up but once you get to the top, the view is worth it. The cave is full of unique rock formations that will keep you wandering. There is also a small chapel along with various statues and pictures for worship.
After, we stopped at the Chrysoskalitissa Monastery, overlooking the Libyan Sea. The €2 fee to enter is not included in the tour but the fee goes towards the monks. The name of the monastery means “Our Lady Gold-stepped” in Greek and comes from the myth of the monastery. The myth is that if you have no sins, then you will be able to see one of the 90 steps leading up to the monastery turn to gold. I did not see a gold step 😛
Elafonissi beach was our next stop, where we were given a few hours on our own, to do as we pleased. There are tons of beach chairs and umbrellas that you can rent, snack shops, and areas to explore. I couldn’t believe how stunning the beach was. Being surrounded by the beautiful clear water made me feel like I was in the middle of a postcard. I immediately went exploring, looking for the best spot to hangout.
In order to get to the island, you have to walk through the shallow water on the right side of the beach. You can easily cross into it without even realizing, depending on how shallow the water is. I eventually found my ideal spot and started snacking on my yummy spinach pie that I bought from one of the stands on the beach. I continued my day relaxing, swimming and walking around the island. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon in paradise!
Later, everyone met back at the bus and headed over to Elos Village. You have this free time to eat, souvenir shop or explore the village. Our guide recommended an authentic Cretan restaurant that is completely organic and produced by themselves. I followed his suggestion and was glad I did, it was all delicious! I ordered the rooster in wine sauce with a Greek salad and a glass of wine. Well.. what I thought was a glass of wine! Don’t worry, I managed to drink it all. I thought I couldn’t fit anymore food in and then they gave me complimentary watermelon and raki. Raki is an alcoholic shot that is taken at the end of meals in Greece. It is supposed to help your full feeling stomach. After all that sun, food and wine, I fell asleep on the bus and woke up at my hotel. Talk about a perfect vacation day!
**Thank you Diana’s Travel for hosting me on this tour. My opinions, as always are my own.