The beach with pink sand – Elafonisi

While we were staying in Crete with Kiani Beach Resort we went on several day trips. One of which was a trip to Elafonisi. Organised through Lets Crete we knew it would be a long coach ride when we signed up. However the lure of the pink sand was too much to say no to. On our trip we stopped in the mountains for a comfort break which happened to be near a cave. This gave the boys the chance to stretch their legs. The scenery was beautiful but had nothing on Eladonisi beach.

We arrived at midday and had three hours to explore. Although you could easily spend all day on the beach relaxing and paddling in the sea. Three hours with two young children worked out about right for us.

The beach its self is a short walk down from the carpark and there is a tourist shop on route. Selling beach essentials such as towels for 8€ each and inflatables for 12-20€. So make sure you remember yours! On the beach itself there is a bar selling soft and alcoholic drinks, and also a cafe. We did not visit the cafe but the bar was reasonably priced considering there is a captive audience.

There are also toilets but there is a charge of 1€ to use them. Although children are free. We didn’t wander too much. if we had more time I think we would have walked along to the left. However since we were limited we headed straight to the lagoon. The coach driver has explained it was warmer and more suitable for the boys. Who loved it. You could go out a fair way and explore the rocks without the water going over Monkey’s knees.

It is necessary to walk through the lagoon to cross over at one point which came up to my knees. Its easy to do since you are only walking on sand. Unlike many of the other Cretan beaches which are very rocky. Here the boys could run free across the vast sand flats. We pitched up on the sand which runs between the lagoon and the other side. It was damp which I guess indicates that the sea will cover it at different times of day. Again this is unusual as Crete does not have tidal patterns like many of the other places we have visited.

We did wander to the other side of the sand dunes. On this side the sand is very dry and your feet sink as you walk across the beach. The sea is rougher and colder but it seemed much more popular with lots of people sunbathing. I preferred the quiet pitch we had chosen. Plus it was much easier to keep an eye on the kids.

So the pink sand… well I was prepared to be disappointed. Despite looking online I didn’t quite believe that there would be pink sand. I was wrong along the shoreline it definitely existed. It is in fact broken coral so I would imagine that in the mornings before the beach is disturbed too much then it is even more vibrant. You can see as you walk across the shallows and look down lines of it under foot. It definitely gave a pink tinge but if you looked it was more prominent around the lagoon and on the beach past the  sand dunes. Of course this meant lots of photos were taken! If you can get there when you visit then I would highly recommend you take the time to do so.


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We were invited to stay at Kiani Beach Resort over the October half term for the purpose of writing a review. This was one of the excursions we took part in during our stay which was arranged via Lets Crete. We paid for our own flights.


  1. Margaret Gallagher
    November 6, 2018 / 10:35 am

    Really is a stunning place – an oasis of BEAUTY Id love to experience too

  2. November 6, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Oh wow what a stunning beach – I want to dive right into that sea!

  3. November 6, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    You were so brave to go on a coach trip with children. My 4 usually turn feral as soon as get one foot on a coach, he he! It looks like your trip to Elafonisi was worth it though. I’ve never seen anything like this! The stuff of dreams. xxx

  4. Alica
    November 6, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    Oh it looks so beautiful! A place I would love to visit one day!

  5. November 6, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    This looks like an idyllic beach to spend a few hours on, I love the Greek islands

  6. November 6, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    This is so perfect for little people and of course absolutely stunning. I have just had to add another travel destination to my list. I think I could spend a week just in that spot!

  7. Natalie Crossan
    November 6, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Oh my – look at that crystal clear water – beautiful – I wish I could go!!

  8. November 6, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Looks like such a majestic place to just get away to! I am envious, I need a vacation, BADLY!

  9. A S,Edinburgh
    November 6, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Stunning place! That is such gorgeous clear water.

  10. November 6, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    It looks so amazing there! Your photos are just stunning!

  11. November 7, 2018 / 12:53 am

    Such a beautiful beach, you took great photos! I’ve never heard of a beach with pink sand! It seems like you had a lovely time too.

  12. November 7, 2018 / 7:01 am

    Wow, it’s so so beautiful and the spot you choose looks so peaceful. Until I saw all your stories and all your posts about this place, I never would have even considered a holiday here. But now I really, really want to go! x

  13. Susan B
    November 7, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Oh, gosh, you’ve got me dreaming of holidays again. A lovely escape on a wet autumnal day. Thank you!

  14. November 7, 2018 / 9:41 am

    It looks like a beautiful beach to visit, my children would love paddling in the sea here. We have actually been looking at Greece for our family honeymoon next summer xx

  15. Ellie Plummer
    November 7, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    What a stunning beach! I love Greece, it’s such a beautiful destination. I shall have to try Elafonisi.

  16. November 7, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    That looks like a great beach to visit. My family and I love going on beach trips. I would ideally like to visit all the beaches in the world.

  17. November 7, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    You had me at the pink sand! These photos are simply magical. I really need to put this on my travel wish list. Thanks for sharing your perspective and experiences.

  18. November 7, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Wow! It’s so beautiful. You’re responsible for sending me down a rabbit hole of holiday searches. Can’t believe the price of the inflatables and towels though!

  19. November 7, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    It sounds and looks amazing. Strange that the more popular side had the colder water. I’d have chosen the side you went to. And that pink sand looks amazing.

  20. November 7, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    I love this post. It somehow inspired me to go to my website and start writing right away! 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful pics.

  21. November 7, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    What a stunning pink beach! My daughter would be SO happy to see a pink sand beach

  22. November 8, 2018 / 5:32 am

    I LOVE BEACHES!! This Beach look so beautiful! Love your photos!

  23. November 8, 2018 / 5:34 am

    What a stunning beach! It’s so clean. At the risk of sounding dumb, I read through the whole blog and still couldn’t figure out where this is located exactly haha. it’s too beautiful not to know!

  24. love faith more
    November 8, 2018 / 6:48 am

    What a beautiful place.!So relaxing. Happy to be with the one you love and family.

  25. Tracy Nixon
    November 8, 2018 / 7:15 am

    It looks so amazing there! Your photos are fantastic!

  26. November 8, 2018 / 9:12 am

    I am glad you were not disappointed with the pink sandy beach, it looks absolutely gorgeous and relaxing too.

  27. Peter Watson
    November 8, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Elafonisis is indeed a lovely beach but you are taking a risk with frequent strong winds from Libya spoiling the day outside.

  28. Surekha Busa
    November 8, 2018 / 11:33 am

    This is such a beautiful place to visit. I will definitely add this to my bucket list and once I am there I will really enjoy every moment.

  29. November 8, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    I can’t get over the sand on this beach. It’s fascinating to see how bright the color is, too!

  30. john prendergast
    November 8, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    looks a beautiful beach

  31. November 9, 2018 / 9:55 am

    wow, I have never seen a beach with pink sand. This is really lovely.

  32. November 9, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    oh wooow… such a stunning and awesome beach. looks so lovely, I should go there soon.

  33. Anna Sherratt
    November 9, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Beach looks amazing, would love to visit there one day with my little ones!

  34. Deborah Salko
    November 9, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    It’s actually been years since I’ve been two the beach. Which is crazy because I live in Miami. I literally just told my husband we are going next week!

  35. Elizabeth O
    November 10, 2018 / 8:08 am

    The place is so pretty and a perfect beach summer gate aways. The kid will enjoy it.

  36. Sheila Reeves (CakeReev)
    November 10, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Looks stunning – had never heard of this place and been to Crete a few times!

  37. Lynda Graham
    November 11, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Love Crete – I’ve stayed in Koni Village – and took a boat trip out to smaller islands.
    Beautiful beaches.

  38. Lorna Ledger
    November 12, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    Wow, this looks awesome, great family holiday, love the pink sands, and chilled atmosphere

  39. Shelley Jessup
    November 15, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    This looks beautiful & a place that I would quite happy dream about all day long instead of getting on with work!

  40. Natasha
    November 20, 2018 / 2:04 am

    This is a Gorgeous destination. I love to travel and I try to travel if you times a year I will definitely need to put this on my bucket list.

  41. Tracy B
    November 24, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Oh my goodness! That blue…. the sea….the sky…. Ohhhh

  42. Fiona jk42
    November 24, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    I’ve been to Crete but not to this beach. It looks lovely and the sand really is pink.

  43. Ashleigh Allan
    December 2, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    Looks beautiful

  44. Teresa sheldon
    December 7, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Looks fabulous and sounds very child friendly

  45. Gemma Hendry
    April 16, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    yes you can deffo see a pink tinge amazing place

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