International website Big 7 Travel has included Elafonisi (pictured above), off Crete, and Psarou on Mykonos among its annual Best 50 Beaches in the World.
Elafonisi ranks 26th and Psarou 35th.
With the most striking crystal blue waters and pink sand, it’s no wonder Elafonisi in Crete has been included in the list.
Lying on the southwestern side of Crete and about 75 kilometres from Chania, you can reach this little piece of paradise by a daily bus service, by car, or even by boat.
A journey of 80 km through a pretty countryside from Chania town will bring you to the stunning area of Elafonisi.
Here you will find some of the most gorgeous beaches in Crete, which attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.
It is a magical spot separated from the southwest coast of Crete, by a shallow, warm lagoon and a sandbar that is submerged under about one meter of water at most during high tide.