Greece's rich culture and history make these places a great travel destination for people looking for a worthwhile vacation. This country's unique architecture and famous landmarks will surely leave you in awe. The breathtaking sights and scenery you will witness here will inspire you. If you are looking for a getaway far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you should go to the island of Elafonisos.
The peninsula, once known by the name Donkey Jaw (due to its shape), was a natural continuation of Peloponnese in Laconia Bay. The island of the red deer (CERVI) and hunting enjoyed the protection of Goddess Artemis, as evident from the ancient temple remains in the region.
Today, it stands out again due to its emerald blue sea surrounding it and the rays of the southern Greek sun kissing it. It is common knowledge that Elafonisos is the final touch on the portrait of Laconia, ready to receive scores of visitors seeking to indulge in the bliss of its purifying azure in Simos beaches, at the bays of Sarakiniko and Panagia (at the northwest of the island), with its unique sunsets for the romantic at heart. In Simos, a fully organised camping area with a capacity of 130 meets the needs of a demanding visitor. The white dunes and the cedar groves add to the unspoiled natural beauty of Elafonisos.
For the enthusiastic traveller, only a few minutes from the coast (Pounta Voion) towards the port of the land will suffice to get you reunited with the landscape. The ferries run regularly (every hour from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and are always on time. On the eastern part of Pounta, between Pavlopetri and the coast, are the ruins of a proto-Hellenic civilisation found in 1968.
On arriving at the port of Elafonisos, you are greeted by the picturesque church of Saint Spyridona. At the same time, a few meters away, the aromas from an array of taverns will make your mouth water. Thanks to the local fish boats, fresh fish, octopus and quality seafood are always on their menu. Of course, cafés and music bars in modern style and the best of moods promise you an alternative for your entertainment, always in line with the environment.
Elafonisos will attract you not because of its glamorous and noisy events but because of its natural beauty and tranquil ambience. So .. take your time and enjoy yourself!
Do not miss out on the feast of the church of Mother Mary Katonisiotissa on August 15th and the “Festival of the Fisherman” at the end of August. These, of course, come after the festivities in commemoration of the unification of the island to Greece on July 6th – 9th.