It was time to head South to meet another star of Crete, Elafonisi. On our way down there we checked out Sfinari which is a beautiful and almost deserted pebble beach. There the waves make a cool sound when they hit the pebbles.
The next accommodation was promising as they call it “luxury” villas. It is located in the middle of nowhere about half an hour drive from Elafonisi. We got there around lunch time. The swimming pool by our room was really cool and the views impressive but the room was so old and tacky. As that was not bad enough there was a dead bird hanging from the ceiling in the bathroom!
We left quickly to go grab lunch before some beach time. The golden hour at Elafonisi was amazing. The place was busy but still beautiful. Elafonisi is famous for the pink sand, you can even see signs that warn you that it is illegal to take some home. There is a long stretch of sand and rocks to discover past the busy area and that is totally worth your time.
It was a long day and we needed a shower and dinner. Unfortunately in the meantime we found out that the air conditioning was broken!
Showered and feeling fresh I went to speak to the reception to get help. Well the guy tried the same we had already done and asked us to allow half an hour for it to magically start working. Of course that did not work so I went back there to tell him. He suggested a fan! I said that would not do as the night was too hot. He went away to figure something out. When he got back to me he said they had another place free and we could move if I was happy with it. I walked in the dark at 10pm through a narrow road following this guy. Then he opens a gate to another swimming pool and shows me a 2 bedroom massive villa. He sheepishly asks if that place is OK. I said, YEAH!
After that we rushed to get dinner as there aren’t many places around there and we did not want to starve until the next day. The dinner was good and so was the service.
Next day we got back to the same restaurant for breakfast, they serve a good hotel style breakfast.
The second beach of the area to explore and my favourite was Kedrodasos. It is a less known beach, on the wild side and very quiet. Good for swimming but with more waves than the typical Crete beach.
On the way back to our massive villa with private pool and the best view of the whole place we grabbed take away lunch to eat by the pool. The afternoon was spent there enjoying our free upgrade.
Costs’ details if you’re curious about it:
Double room (shared kitchen) = £77 per night exc. breakfast
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