What to see in Elafonisos Island. Best beaches, where to stay and eat
The small Elafonisos Island is undoubtedly one of the most precious jewels of Greece, especially for lovely and secluded beacheas where you can cut a corner for yourself. Reach it is not easy: the island is located in the extreme southeast of the Peloponnese in Laconia region; the closest airport, Kalamata, is about three hours and a half drive, a road across switchbacks and rugged mountain scenery, as well as fifteen minutes by ferry. But those who decide to go this far, will find his lost paradise with, in my opinion, the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean! The island is small: a charming village where you can enjoy fresh fish, two beaches that are not easily forget, lots and lots of tranquility in a corner of untouched Greece.
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An umbrella with two / three beds costs 8 Euros for the whole day. The best part of the beach is near the sandbar, accessible from the parking lot in less than 10 minutes' walk.
The smallest Panagia beach is of on the opposite side of the island: the sand is less white than Simos, but the colors and transparencies of the sea are still a charm! The first part of the beach is equipped with a couple of small rentals (€ 8 umbrella and two chairs), but away from the central part are beautiful deserts landscape. Parking is convenient, right off the beach where there is also a bar-tavern.
Where to stay: Berdoussis Hotel
The familiar and small Berdoussis Hotel
is a gem, where the care and attention to detail will impress you from
the first moment. The hotel looks brand new, rooms and common areas are
immaculate and carefully chosen furnishings. Each room, very spacious,
has all comforts and a private terrace, good wi-fi signal and well
appointed bathroom. Breakfast is served on the lovely shaded terrace
and dishes are quality and presented with care: homemade jams, cheeses
and local products, fresh fruit. The location is quiet, on the edge of
the village, but two minutes walding from the harbor and restaurants.
Price paid for triple room with breakfast € 85.
You can check price here: BERDOUSSIS HOTEL
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accomodation in Elafonisos: ACCOMMODATION IN ELAFONISOS
Where to eat: O Boukas Fish Tavern
trying the restaurant of legendary Peter on the first night, we
have not moved from here; I do not know quality for the other
restaurants, but you can hardly eat better that O Boukas Fish. However, prices are
now slightly lower than those found at the port and this is already a
good reason. Do not miss the spaghetti
with octopus, the
(never eaten so good in another Peloponnese),
the baked feta with paprika and chilli. Magic atmosphere just steps
from the sea on the beach. O Boukas
is on the opposite side of the harbor: the little church looking the
sea, go left until you turn the side, here it begins the town beach and
the restaurant is the first you come across.
Cost: € 1 per passenger, € 10,50 per car one way.
You can not drop to Elafonisos any rented car in Athens, will therefore also rented for the duration of your stay on the island.
The alternative is to get to Patras by ferry from Italy, which is 370 kilometers (about 5 hours) from Pounta Vigklafia . Obviously, the advice is to plan some stops along the way to discover the Peloponnese's beauty.