Elafonisos

An island in the south of the Peloponnese
The exotic beach of Simos, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean
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Emerald water, sand dunes, heavenly beaches and cloudless skies… You’ll want to stay forever

 

Welcome to one of the most beautiful Greek islands! In the southern Peloponnese, there is a place plucked from a dream: Elafonisos, an exotic island of just 19 sq. km, like one long sliver of paradise. Once here, you can  forget all about modern civilization.

The only thing you’ll need is a sarong, a sun hat and sunscreen, because life here - day and night - happens on the beach; on the pure white sand, in  the translucent turquoise water, in the shade of the cedars and  under the clear blue sky and the bright sun. Your imagination dances delightedly along the  infinite horizon and like just about everyone that comes here for a beach holiday, you will want to stay forever… a castaway on Elafonisos.

What to do on Elafonisos

Picture perfect

As soon as you cross the Strait of Elafonisos, with its shallow green water, you enter another world. Here, you don’t need trendy accessories or a stylish appearance. For a holiday on  Elafonisos, t a few sarongs, a couple of T-shirts, sunglasses, sunscreen, a sun hat and a snorkelling mask will do. The exotic beach of Simos, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, awaits you. Two majestic bays serve up fine white sand and emerald water, and a rare cedar forest that spreads out along the sand dunes. Elafonisos welcomes you to paradise in the south of the Peloponnese!

The great outdoors

Back in the day, Megalos (Large) Simos was a naturalist beach and campers lived here entirely, well, naturally. In the last few years, the picture has changed. Now, just a few metres from the sea, you can spend your holidays on Elafonisos at the organised camping ground, which combines the purity of nature with modern comforts.

A leisurely stroll

A stroll along the coastal road consists of a stop for seafood and a glass (or two) of ouzo at the port, while you watch the fishing boats bob gently in the calm water. It is ideal for relaxation and convivial conversation. The village is just what’s needed to complete the image you’ve created of a holiday in Greece.  At then at the end of a perfect day, filled with idyllic imagery and exotic beaches, you’ll savour the sights and sounds of a truly authentic Greece!

Tastes of The Sea

As a true ‘fish island’, Elafonisos’ cuisine is a glorious symbiosis of freshly caught seafood and pure, locally grown produce and locally adapted recipes. Enjoy a taste of the sea with a backdrop of the endless blue horizon.

Hidden gems of Elafonisos

The beach on Kato Nisi

Elafonisos aspires to surprise you: A second beach, just as beautiful as Simos, is located on Kato Nisi (the Lower Island). There you will find the old church of The Virgin Mary, looking out at the sea.

Ahoy there, matey!

This island used to be a base for pirates and buccaneers in the 16th and 17th centuries, since the Strait of Elafonisos was on a strategic shipping route. Today it is a primary passage for ships in the Eastern Mediterranean and dozens of boats cross it daily.

A Sunken City in the southern Peloponnese

To add a little extra depth to your delight, an ancient underwater settlement awaits you on Elafonisos. It’s called ‘Pavlo Petri’ and is situated between Pounta and the Pavlopetri islet. The water has kept much of the structure of this sunken marvel intact - buildings, roads and squares are all still in evidence. There’s even a cemetery with 60 graves to the northeastern of the city! Research is ongoing to try to shed yet more light on this rare archaeological find.

  • Megalos (Large) Simos beach
  • The beach on Kato Nisi
  • A Sunken City in the southern Peloponnese
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