Elafonisi – Picture perfect paradise
Elafonisi is one of the most visited, awarded and beloved beaches in the world. It is a magnificent tropical beach, set in a picturesque islet with shallow turquoise waters! Amazing pinkish-white sand and semi-secluded coves stretch out through its large beachline. Elafonisi is located less than a 90 minute drive from Iolida Village, and it a Natura 2000 protected area, as it is filled with centuries old cedars, sand-lillies and dunes. Prepare yourselves to be astounded by the crystal clear waters, the hot sun and this magical scenery.
Chania Old Harbor – Timeless beauty and culture
The Chania old Venetian harbor is located in less than 10 kilometers away and it is one of the most fascinating places in the greater Mediterranean area. More than 400 years of history, art and tradition mix up in this exquisite blend of sheer beauty. Three civilizations, Arabs, Ventians and Turks, have left their footprints of their culture in this gorgeous place, resulting in a journey of history and architecture. Stroll by the sea and admire the majestic, four centuries old lighthouse in the sunset, or get lost within the innumerous alleys that spread within the historic city walls.
Perfect little gift shops, sensational restaurants and cafes, taverns and bars will welcome you any time of the day. Make sure you pass by the Giali Tzamisi, the first mosque built by Turks in Crete, make a stop at the Firkas fortress built by Venetians many centuries ago and visit the Maritime Museum that is now hosted at its entrance. Wander through the old harbor, engage into the vivid nightlife and witness the incomparable charm through a travel in time, mystery and culture.
Gramvousa – Nature at its finest and purest form
A lagoon-like beach, with superb turquoise waters that invite you to an unforgettable dive. The pink and white sand are combined with amazing crystal-clear waters, resulting in a heavenly scenery that you will never forget. The colossal Gramvousa fortress at the top tells a fascinating story, with Venetians, Turks, Greeks and pirates claiming this beautiful piece of land. Let yourself be seduced by the imposing castle that offers a stunning view to the sea and beyond, adding to the astonishing beauty of Balos beach.
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