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Beaches

Elafonissos has several sandy beaches suitable for swimming. The most famous of all is the twin beach of Simos-Saracenico on the south eastern tip of the island. There is also a beach with pebbles whose existance even the locals forget, as it is hidden with no road access Aglyfti on the south west of the Island.

Frango (Simos)- Saracenico

This is the majestic twin beaches, the small and large bays on the south eastern tip of the island, opposite the Kythera and the Spathi tip. The amazing colours of the sea, a combination with thin light gold coloured sand Unique are the Cedar trees which can be found in Simos, Panagia ta Nisia, Megalo tigani and Kalogeras. In August, in the sand of beach blossom the sandy crinum, which you are advised not to cut, so it's seeds fertise.

Tis Panagias ta nisia (The Island of Virgin Mary)

This is a long sandy beach on the west part of the island and is surrounded by a number of small islets. Cedar trees can be found here too as well as a variety of wild flowers which blossom until June. The sea bed is covered by multicoloured plants and there is a variety of fishes swimming between the islets.

Lefki

This a very small beach on the east side of the island. It is a harbour from South and South-West Winds. The beach is sandy with very very light coloured sand and rocks. This light coloured sand given a very bright blue colour on the waters surrounding it. There a lot of people who prefer the quiteness of the beach to buzzy character of Simos during the summer months.

Aglyftis

This is the only beach in the island without sand but with pebbles. It is hidden behind the islet of Aglyftis on the south western side. It will be difficult to approach it by boat, as the waters are shallow, or by walking as there is not road and it is a long walk without a path from the Panagias ta Nisia.

Kontogoni

The beach is right on the north western top of the island but sadly it was destroyed to some extent by the recently constructed eastern costal road. Some years ago, when access to the other beaches was difficult, this was the prime area for the locals to swim.

Kalogeras

This beach is effectively an extention of the Kontogoni beach and is further west of the village. It extens even further than Kalogeras cape but it not suitable for swimming as it is swallon with many rocks. There are sand dunes and Cedar tree. Unfortunately the costruct of a cement wall (!!!) for a football field has destroyed the view of small part of the beach that would be used for swimming.

Pounta

This is nice long sandy beach on the cost of Peloponesse across the island of Elafonissos. It start from the dock of Viglafia, wheres the passenger boats and Ferry boats sail to Elafonissos. The beach often changes shape due to weather and Ferry boat traffic, and in the recent years it is short that it used to be. The effect is that today Elafonissos is 570 metres away from the mainland when 15 years ago it was only 350-400 metres.

Pavlopetri

On the eastern part of Pounta, across the islet of Petri (PavloPetri), lies the beach with the same name. This beach was affected by sand movements in the last few years and the effect is that it is now shorter with more shallow waters. The effect of sand movements was so intense that it is not almost possible to walk to Pavlopetri instead of swim there. This sand movement has possibly covered part of the sunken ancient underwater settlement that could be seen when swimming there as well as the old cart roads.

Hamokelo

This Sandy beach start from the entrance of the lake Stroggyli as a natural extention of the Pavlopetri beach towards the north and it marks the end of the municipality of Elafonissos. It is particularly quiet as access requires walking the perimeter of the lake. It has same amazing sand dunes as a stripe of sand between the lake stroggyli on the north and the sea on the south.

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