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Five reasons to visit Elafonissi beach with your family

    Elafonissi beach in west Crete has been voted several times as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is also known as the “pink beach” due to its pink sand, created from tones of crushed seashells.

    Turquoise, shallow and warm waters, sand dunes, white lilies, and rare species of animals that live in the area, make Elafonissi beach a real paradise for families.

    Here is a list of the top five things your kids will love about Elafonissi beach:

    1. The Soft Pink sand

    Your children will have a unique opportunity to make pink sandcastles and find out why Elafonissi beaches are pinkish.

    Examining the sand is a truly multi-sensory experience but can also turn into a little investigation. Together with your child, you may try to discover what the little pinkish particles of the sand really are!

    pink sandy beach at Elafonissi Beach Chania

    2. The Shallow and Crystal-Clear Waters

    The shallow, turquoise, and calm waters of the lagoon make Elafonissi beach an ideal place for families.

    There is no sudden depth in the sea and the whole place is protected from the open sea by rocks and islets that surround the bay.

    kids snorkeling in the shallow waters in Elafonissi beach

    3. Octopuses and Sea Urchins

    If your kids like snorkeling they will love to explore the other side of the lagoon.

    There, they will find plenty of small coves and bathing pools where it is really easy to spot small fish, sea urchins, or even octopuses. Loads of fun for kids and parents alike!

    Elafonissi beach Crete kid holding a sea urchin Families Love Greece

    4. All About The Beach

    Elafonissi is all about the beach, sand, and water!

    As there are plenty of hidden and really nice spots to explore, you need the whole day to check its small islets, dunes, coves, rocky spots, and more isolated beaches with long stretches of white sand.

    It will be a day full of new discoveries and a fascinating experience for your young explorers!

    boy running in shallow waters Elafonissi beach Crete

    5. Wading Through Waters

    Getting to the other side of the lagoon can be super exciting, especially when the tide is high. And if you want to take your belongings with you to look for yet another perfect spot to swim and relax, then you will need to carry your stuff on your heads!

    Our kids simply loved the idea of having adventurous wade with all the backpacks and towels on their heads. They tried to be super careful to keep all the things perfectly dry!

    Find out more about the amazing Elafonissi Beach: Elafonissi Beach, Crete

    Elafonisi beach Crete swallow waters SH

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    Kids will love

    • Stunning shallow waters
    • Long beautiful pink and white beach

    Parents will love

    • The feeling that there is ‘paradise’ on earth
    • Visiting one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

    Best season to visit

    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter
    • spring
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