Elafonissi also called Elafonissos is one of the most famous in Crete and it is located 76 km west of Chania and just 5 km from the Monastery Hrisoskalitissa. It is something like an island and a peninsula, because to reach the island you have to walk through the sea. Beach Elafonisi is included in the protected areas «Natura 2000" program. What characterizes the area of Elafonissos and makes it such an exotic place, are the little sand islets formed, the shallow turquoise waters of the sea, and of course the fine white sand, pinkish at several spots because of the crushed shell powder.