Elafonisi is located near the southeast corner of the island, 43 km from Kastelli and 76 from Chania. Access to the island located near the beach is about 100m on foot, because the water is very shallow!The water is pink from the thousands of shells that have mills in time giving a special appearance at the beach.

In 1824 the Turks massacred 850 people on Easter Sunday. The massacre was in revenge and punishment for rebellious Cretan people and killed mostly women and children.