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Elafonisi has the amenities of a popular vacation beach (parking lot, nearby bathrooms) but the feel of a remote oasis, thanks to its location removed from major cities. After swimming in the shallow waters, walk across the sandbar to snap some photos of wildflowers and rock formations—that's if you haven't filled your camera roll with shots of the pink-hued shore, of course.
Stay here: Just outside the small city of Chania (a 1.5-hour drive from Elafonisi), Metohi Kindelis consists of three spacious apartments within a 17th-century farm built of centuries-old stone. The special history-themed meals are a welcome perk.