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    Back again to ….Elafonissos

    Enjoy the video of my trip to Elafonissos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMy5O918WOc

    Dear Reader, Elafonissos !
    It’s middle of August … and I am so depressed because my holidays are over :) Still I must admit that I cannot complain as I really had a great Summer ! Where I visited many beautiful places and there are much more to come :)

    The current post is about Elafonissos – that I visited 3 years ago for the first time … and that this year we decided to go back … to the beautiful and outstanding beach of Simos (or Sarakinikos as some people say)

    Please have a look at this post in order to have all the information about the island and how to get there
    http://www.sunnygreece.it/2010/elafonissos/

     

    Let’s go to my trip
    As anticipated this Summer I wanted to visit something new and some places that I already visited and that I really loved.
    Since we planned to visit the very far away island of Kythira, we decided to come back to Elafonissos and to Monemvasia since those places are on the way to Kythira …..

    After having spent 9 fabulous days in Kythira – at 10 am we were ready to catch the first ferry to go to the Mainland – destination Elafonissos. We didn’t want to miss any moment of Elafonissos fantastic sea !

    From the port of Neapolis  to Elafonissos is only about 20′ with the car – including the transfer with the ferry !

    As it happened 3 years ago …. we jumped into the ferry and we enjoyed the short but beautiful trip to Elafonissos – hoping to see a sea turtle ……  (I was told that sometimes it happened :) )

    Unfortunately as arrived ….. we had the first let’s say … delusion…. the studios Magnatis was not really as I was expecting it to be …. pretty small ….. super tiny kitchen with minimal kitchenware  (2 dishes, 2 glasses, 2 forks etc .. ) and the bed was even a little bit damaged (and extremely uncomfortable as we discovered later). The view from there was outstanding as in the pics I found in internet … still I think a studios should be bigger than a room ….

    But ok – we said …. we are not here for staying in the hotel …. but to enjoy the island  ! and we ran to Simos !

    You cannot imagine how much Elafonissos changed in the last 3 years …. we immediately noticed it when we arrived in Simos and we saw a constant and infinite raws of umbrellas …. that were covering pretty the whole huge beach..  I think that this is the first and only greek island where I saw so many “private” umbrellas – since usually most of the beaches are free – and whenever there are umbrellas it’s just for a small place ……

    What a delusion ! parking on payment (1 out of the two) ….. hotels built everywhere …. on Simos and on Panagitsa – but the most disappointing thing is that I think it is becoming a destination of low profile tourism … that will exploit the island in a short time …. therefore all benefits from tourism will be only for the next years ….. and not for a long period ….

    Our short stay of 4 days in Elafonissos became immediately a “long” stay … and we regretted not to have spent a couple of more days in Kythira.

    Still I must admit that the beaches are fantastic and I wish at least they will remain as they are now !

    Food was ok in the small town –  I strongly recommend to go to “Ta nisia tis panagias” a delicious taverna, after Panagitsa beach – on top of the hill. The food is very good and from there you have a fantastic view too

    Φιλάκια

    ps if it happens to you to go and find a beautiful black cocker – female – please give her some food and best give her a house … a family ……. we were told that she has been abandoned last year …  she survived Winter since locals took care of her …. but she was living in the island …….

    I was looking for her in the last 2 days ….. I may have found her a family in Athens but I have not seen her …… I wish somebody took her :)

     

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