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After just five kilometres, south to the Monastery of Chrysoskalitisa, you will find the idyllic Elafonisi. A wide and lengthy seashore that is covered by a pink sandy beach, the shallow aquamarine waters that reach up to Elafonisi in just a hundred metres from the beach, shinning from the shells that are hidden in shallow waters compose the tropical landscape. You could reach the islet on foot by crossing the shallow waters of the sea that do not exceed one meter in depth to get there.

The vegetation in the islet is comprised of cedars and sea lilies. The most ancient name of the island was Iousagoras and it was a place of worship for the Greek God Apollo having a Sanctuary dedicated to the God.

Two other islets, Myli and Mesi can be seen to the south, which all three together comprised a complex of islands, the “Mousagores islands”. During the Venetian Rule it was renamed to Skolio Lafonisi from where it gets its current name. Your transport to the area can alternatively be done through sailing boats from Chania, Casteli and Paleochora with a stopover in the Monastery of Chrysoskalitisa.

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