Elafonissi beach

Deer Island, as is its direct translation from Greek, took its name from the mythological deer that used to roam this beautiful land. Its unique pink sands and crystal-clear water add to its charm! Today, it is a protected nature reserve that you should most definitely see at least once in your life!

Elafonissi beach

Elafonissi beach

A Paradise of Pink Sands and Turquoise Waters

Hidden on the southwestern coast of Crete, Elafonissi Beach is a true natural wonder that promises an unforgettable seaside escape. Rent a car from Blue Car Rental in Heraklion and dive into the wonders of this scenic beach. With its unique blend of pink sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and idyllic landscapes, Elafonissi Beach stands as a testament to nature's artistic brilliance. Uncover the allure of Elafonissi Beach, explore its remarkable features, and learn valuable tips and tricks to ensure a memorable and seamless journey to this captivating Mediterranean paradise.


How to get there

To make the most of your trip to Crete, securing a rental car is the top priority. Elafonissi Beach, located on the southeast coast of Chania, means you'll be covering some ground whether you're starting from Heraklion airport, Heraklion port, Heraklion city, or Chania airport. With Heraklion city about 3 and a half hours (or 210 km) away, and Chania city a shorter hour and a half drive (or roughly 70 km), your choice of rental car matters. Each of these points has a Blue Car rental office, offering a range of options to suit your needs. Ensure a safe and comfortable journey by reserving your choice. To assist you, we've handpicked three cars from our fleet that are particularly well-suited for this scenic adventure.


1. Citroen C1 Cabrio (Group A1)


The Citroen C1 Cabrio is a compact car that combines style with practicality. Its unique feature is the convertible top, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the scenic views on the way to Elafonissi Beach. With seating for four and good luggage capacity for its size, it's suitable for a small group or couple. The air conditioning, Bluetooth, and USB port add convenience and comfort to your journey.

Why It's Recommended

The C1 Cabrio is a great choice for a trip to Elafonissi Beach due to its compact size and convertible top, which allows you to fully appreciate the beautiful coastal views along the way. Its efficiency and easy handling make it ideal for navigating both city streets and coastal roads. The perfect rental car for a Heraklion to Elafonissi trip!


2. Hyundai i20 (Group Β)


The Hyundai i20 is a versatile petrol car with seating for up to five passengers. Its spacious interior and good luggage capacity make it suitable for families or small groups. The air conditioning, Bluetooth, and USB port enhance comfort and entertainment during the journey. With its manual gearbox, it offers control and efficiency on the roads.

Why It's Recommended


The i20 provides a balance of space, comfort, and efficiency. Its seating capacity and luggage space are advantageous for groups or families heading to Elafonissi Beach from either Heraklion or Chania. It offers a smooth and controlled drive, making it a reliable choice for the journey.


3. Toyota Yaris AUTO (Group B)


The Toyota Yaris AUTO offers the convenience of an automatic gearbox, providing an effortless driving experience. With a seating capacity of five and good luggage space, it's suitable for families or groups. The car is equipped with air conditioning, Bluetooth, and a USB port, ensuring a comfortable and connected journey.

Why It's Recommended

The Yaris AUTO is an excellent choice for a hassle-free drive to Elafonissi Beach. Its automatic transmission provides ease of use, making it particularly appealing for those who prefer not to worry about manual shifting. The spacious interior and modern features enhance the overall travel experience. Book your Toyota Yaris Auto now and set off on an unforgettable journey!


These three cars were selected for their specific features and capabilities that align well with the journey to Elafonissi Beach, offering a comfortable and enjoyable drive for different preferences and needs.


What to see

1. Discover the Beauty of Pink Sands

One of the highlights of Elafonissi Beach is its distinctive pink sands, a result of crushed seashells mixing with the white sand. As you stroll along the shore, the rosy hues create a surreal and ethereal atmosphere. Take off your shoes and feel the soft, powdery sands beneath your feet as you soak up the sun's warm rays. The picturesque contrast between the vibrant turquoise waters and the delicate pink sands offers an unparalleled visual spectacle, making Elafonissi Beach a true haven for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts.


2. Swim in Crystal-Clear Waters

Elafonissi Beach boasts crystal-clear waters that invite you to take a refreshing dip and embrace the wonders of the Mediterranean Sea. The shallow and calm lagoon-like area near the shore is ideal for families with children and non-swimmers, while further out, more adventurous souls can explore deeper waters for snorkeling and swimming. Dive into the azure paradise, marvel at the vibrant underwater world, and witness the colorful marine life that thrives in these pristine waters. Don't forget to pack your snorkeling gear to fully immerse yourself in the underwater beauty that Elafonissi Beach has to offer.


3. Explore the Untouched Nature and Coastal Trails

Elafonissi Beach is not just about sun and sand; it also offers opportunities for nature lovers and avid hikers. Explore the surrounding nature by embarking on coastal trails that unveil breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and picturesque landscapes. Leave your rental car in the designated parking areas and discover hidden coves, rock formations, and secluded spots where you can relish the tranquillity of the area. Be sure to bring sturdy walking shoes, sun protection, and plenty of water for your explorations. The trails offer a chance to connect with nature and capture stunning photographs of the unspoiled beauty that defines Elafonissi Beach.


4. Picnic Amidst Serene Surroundings

To fully savor the peaceful ambiance of Elafonissi Beach, consider packing a picnic basket with local treats and refreshments. Find a shady spot under the tamarisk trees or set up your beach blanket on the soft sands. Indulge in the flavors of Greece while immersing yourself in the serene surroundings. Enjoy traditional delicacies such as Greek salads, fresh fruits, and local cheeses. Picnicking allows you to extend your stay and create lasting memories amidst the tranquil and captivating atmosphere of Elafonissi Beach.


Tips and Tricks for a Seamless Experience

We've ensured that your journey to Elafonissi from either Heraklion or Chania will be comfortable with your chosen rental car, and we’ve made sure you have an idea of what you will encounter once you get there. Now, let's delve into some invaluable tips and tricks to enhance your experience at this beautiful beach. To make the most of your visit to Elafonissi Beach, consider the following suggestions:

- Arrive early

Elafonissi Beach is a popular destination, so arriving early in the morning will allow you to secure a prime spot on the beach and avoid the crowds. Select a smaller rental car to achieve best results.

- Pack essentials

Remember to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and beach umbrellas to protect yourself from the strong Mediterranean sun. Don't forget your snorkeling gear to explore the underwater beauty.

- Stay hydrated

Carry an ample supply of water to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially if you plan to hike or engage in water activities.

- Respect the environment

Elafonissi Beach is a protected area, so it's crucial to follow any guidelines or regulations to preserve its natural beauty. Take your trash with you and be mindful of the delicate ecosystem.

- Visit in the shoulder seasons

Consider visiting Elafonissi Beach in the spring or fall when the weather is pleasant, and the crowds are thinner, allowing for a more serene experience. With a similar weather to Heraklion, you should already be prepared for what to carry with you in terms of clothing.

- Explore nearby attractions

Don't miss the opportunity to visit nearby attractions such as the Chrysoskalitissa Monastery or the Topolia Gorge to enrich your experience in the region. These locations are a must-see so consider renting a car that is most comfortable to you in any situation. Check at the beginning of this article to see our suggestions.


Elafonissi Beach, with its pink sands, crystal-clear waters, and unspoiled landscapes, offers an idyllic retreat for travelers seeking a truly remarkable beach experience. From swimming in turquoise lagoons to exploring coastal trails and picnicking amidst serene surroundings, Elafonissi Beach captivates with its natural beauty and tranquillity. By following these tips and immersing yourself in the wonders of Elafonissi Beach, you're guaranteed a memorable journey that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the enchanting charm of Crete's southwestern coast. Safe rental travels!