Trip Advisor: Elafonissi and Balos in Top-10 Greek Beaches for 2015
Trip Advisor once again presents the list with the most beautiful beaches in Greece for 2015.
The travel website put a vote among its community and the readers chose the best beaches according to their own taste.
Two of those beaches are on Crete… and of course they are Elafonissi (1) and Balos (3).
Elafonissi is the beach “jewel” of southwestern Crete, that both Greek and foreign tourists love for its turquoise waters and pink, in several places, sand. It is a long and narrow peninsula, which often “breaks” at the beginning, giving the feeling of a separate islet. To reach it, you have to walk 200 meters of the lagoon. It has been included in the protected areas Natura, as it is full of dunes with sand lilies and cedars. Also, it is home to the endangered turtles careta careta and many species of rare animals. It is strictly forbidden to cut plants or even get a bottle of sand with you.
The famous lagoon of Balos is located approximately 56km northwest of Chania and 17km northwest of Kissamos, formed between the Cape Gramvousa and the small Cape Tigani. Balos is surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete. In many places the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, ideal for a snorkeling. The lagoon and the wider area, with rare species of flora and fauna, are protected under the Natura 2000 program. Moreover, the area is a shelter for the protected monk seal and the sea turtle caretta caretta.