Elafonisi beach lies on the south western corner of the island, about 75km southwest of Chania town.
Elafonisi is a small island, separated from the mainland by a lagoon of 1 meter depth at most.
Elafonisi is a Natura 2000 protected area. The island is full of dunes with sand lilies and jupiners (like-cedars trees). The endangered turtles careta careta and several rare animals nest on the island.
It is regarded as one of the most beautiful Greek beaches with white sand that in many places get pink from the million of crushed shells that give a different look to the beach.
The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is well organized. The beach has umbrellas, beach bar and watersports. At the end of the road, before entering the beach, there is an ample parking space.