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The small island separated from Crete for a hundred meters, and it is considered a haven away from the noise of city streets.
Elafonisi Island is located on the southwest coast of Crete, it is separated from the coast for a hundred meters, and you can walk to the island through the shallow water.
The Elafonisi island has a memorial plaque, which is the only reminder of the tragedy that occurred here in the 19th century, when the Turks killed in one night all the inhabitants of the island, many of whom were children and women.
Now on the Elafonisi island you can relax away from the crowds, to dive in the deep waters of the sea, and take a walk around the neighborhood.
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Glyka Nera Beach
Hidden away from the prying eyes of rocks and cliffs, Glyka Nera beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the world due to its well-groomed and close freshwater supply.10
Sandy and pebble beach is located on the southern coast of the island and has become legendary thanks to the hippies who lived in these caves.9
The picturesque small village, that has preserved its authenticity despite the great popularity among tourists, and offers a relaxing stay on their sandy beaches.1
The Gorge of Aradena
Near the abandoned village is the gorge, which stretches to the coast of the Libyan Sea, and many desperate travelers can walk through it.37
The Leper Island Spinalonga
A former leper colony, this island has preserved only the ruins of a once-powerful fortress and abandoned houses of leprosy patients.27
Built by the Venetians in the 14th century, this fortress was intended to protect the population from the pirates, and now you can watch the unusual phenomenon drosoulites here.3
The most famous landmark of Crete depicted on all the postcards and souvenirs, the place where according to legend was the Minotaur maze.20
Fortress of Spinalonga
Built to defend the island, the castle turned it into an impregnable area, but now there is just a ruin, from which you can see the bay and Crete.28
Saint Nikolas church
The snow-white church on a low cliff is seen from afar, it is a path from rough stones, and from it opens the magic views of the surroundings.20
One and the best places in Crete for snorkeling and diving with fishes. Underwater canyons make diving especially interesting.12
Beautiful and unguarded cave, where only rare travelers come and where stalactites and stalagmites form fanciful shapes.12
Treasure of Richtis Gorge, this waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful in Greece, but to reach it, you need to overcome a long way through the gorge.19