Picture perfect paradise
Elafonisi is one of the most visited, awarded and beloved beaches in the world. Amazing turquoise water, pinkish-white sand and semi-secluded coves stretch out through its huge beachline. This magnificent islet is located less than a 90 minute drive from Iolida Beach Resort, and it will astound you with the crystal clear waters and the hot sun. Elafonisi is a Natura 2000 protected area, as it is filled with centuries old cedars, sand-lillies and dunes.
Chania Old Harbor – Timeless beauty and culture
Just 10 kilometers away is the Chania old harbor, one of the most fascinating places in the greater Mediterranean area. Centuries of history, art and tradition blend in this exquisite specimen of sheer beauty. Arabs, Ventians and Turks have left their footprints and culture in this marvelous area, resulting in an inviting journey to history and architecture. Take a stroll by the sea and admire the four centuries old lighthouse in the sunset, or get lost within the numerous alleys that spread within the historic city walls.
Amazing little gift shops, colorful cafes, sensational restaurants, taverns and bars are open to welcome you any time of the day. Pass by the Giali Tzamisi, the first mosque built by Turks in Crete, stop by the Firkas fortress built by Venetians four centuries ago and visit the Maritime Museum now hosted at its entrance. Wander through the old harbor, engage into the vivid nightlife and witness the incomparable charm through a travel in time, mystery and culture.
Gramvousa – Nature at its finest and purest form
A lagoon-like beach, with superb turquoise waters that invite you to an unforgettable dive. The white and pink sand, in conjunction with the crystal clear water result in a heavenly scenery that you will want to come back to. The Gramvousa fortress at the top tells an amazing story of another era, with Venetians, Turks, Greeks and…pirates claiming this beautiful piece of land. The imposing castle offers a stunning view to the sea and beyond, adding to the astonishing beauty of Balos beach, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people every summer.