Most Beautiful Airbnbs in Elafonisi, Crete

Probably the most popular beach on Crete island is Elafonisi. A beautiful pink sand beach shore that everyone makes a point to visit when coming to the island. However, Elafonisi is quite off the beaten track. The seaside resort is about 70 kilometers from Chania and more than 200 km from Heraklion… that’s a three-hour drive! In this article, we will make things easier for you. In fact, if you decide to stay in the area you will be able to enjoy wonderful days by the beach cutting on driving times. These are some of the best Airbnbs in Elafonisi, Crete, choose the one where you’d like to stay!

Most beautiful Airbnbs in Elafonisi Crete

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Most beautiful Airbnbs in Elafonisi to stay this season

Boundless extensions of soft pink sand, crystal clear sea, and a solitary landscape are three of the main characteristics of Elafonisi, one of Crete’s most popular beaches. It’s not easy to reach the area if you’re not an experienced driver or if you’re not really comfortable driving through the mountains. Oftentimes, visitors to Elafonisi complain that they are forced to leave early so as not to drive those mountain roads after dark… they not only miss the spectacular sunsets on Elafonisi but also the experience of staying in one of the most tranquil villages in Crete. Because, yes… Elafonisi is indeed a popular beach that tends to get crowded, but once the hordes of tourists are gone, the place turns into a peaceful oasis home to one of the most majestic landscapes on the island!

One of the best ways to solve this issue is to stay close-by. However, given its isolated nature, there are not many hotels in the area. No worries! Home rental opportunities come to the rescue. Here I’ve listed the most beautiful and convenient Airbnbs in Elafonisi. Take a look and book a stay in heaven!

Villa Evenos, Chrisoskalithissa, Elafonisi


Why you should stay: This is a beautiful villa with traditional Cretan traits, such as the stone walls, and the wooden roofs. It’s big and comfortable, and the views are stunning.

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 1 Nights
  • Pets allowed: Yes

When you open your windows every morning, you can admire the views of the sea, and the imposing Chrisoskalithissa Monastery in the distance. Villa Evenos is conveniently close to Elafonisi, and it’s also great for those who want to explore other beaches such as Kedrodasos and Aspri Limni, all of them close to the property.

The house is big with all the needed comforts for a family stay or for a group of friends. There’s also a nice swimming pool you can enjoy on your way back from the beach. Elafonisi is easy to reach by car (only 5 km from the Airbnb), and there are also good tavernas and other shops in the area.

>> Check all the things to do in Elafonisi Beach and the most stunning places nearby!

White Lake Villa, close to Aspri Limni and Elafonisi Beach


Why you should stay: This is a perfect place to stay for a tranquil holiday with an amazing garden with pool and every comfort you need.

  • Sleeps: 5-6
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
    • Pets allowed: No

White Lake Villa is only 4 km from Elafonisi beach, and it’s a fantastic place to stay, ideal for families with kids, for a group of friends, or for two couples.

In this property, you’ll be able to enjoy a roomy living room with a comfortable kitchen as well as two bedrooms and two bathrooms. A sofa converts into a bed to host one more traveler.

The private pool is a nice touch which makes the whole stay even more relaxing and enjoyable.

Old Cretan House with a Treehouse, near Paleochora and Elafonisi


Why you should stay: To enjoy life the local way. The beautiful house has been recently renovated and the treehouse is a feature that kids of all ages will love!

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 5 Nights
  • Pets allowed: Ask at the property

Check this old Cretan house for a different experience. The property is nothing but luxurious or sophisticated but reflects the way locals live in the mountains. Simple furniture and essential facilities for you to soak into the most authentic Cretan lifestyle.

This home is part of a larger traditional farm house. It has three bedrooms and a large kitchen-dining room. The terrace has a breathtaking view of the mountains. Next to the house, there’s a big private garden with ancient olive trees and vines and a cozy fireplace too.

>> This is a simple home, one of the most traditional and authentic Airbnbs in Elafonisi.

Elafonisi Vacation Green Studio


Why you should stay: This is a convenient opportunity if you’re looking for a simple place to stay because you intend to spend more time on the beach than at home (something we should always keep in mind when booking an Airbnb home).

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 4 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

Elafonisi Green Studio is a basic but very pleasant place to stay, ideal for a couple, with every needed facility and with a relaxing garden for you to enjoy breakfast or a cup of coffee after a day spent at the beach.

The apartment is a modern, small studio located quite close to Chrisoskalithissa Monastery among the mountains, olive groves, and pine trees. It’s a comfortable structure with a full five-star rating on the Airbnb platform.

Aspri Limni House, near Elafonisi and the unknown Aspri Limni Beach


Why you should stay: Traditional stone walls, modern decor, and every comfort you need just minutes from the best beach in Crete.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 Nights
  • Pets allowed: Yes

This is a top-rated home and one of the nicest Airbnbs in Elafonisi. Aspri Limni House is often rated as super clean and tidy while hosts are very hospitable too. The house is very cozy and plenty of nice details while there’s a close-by taverna if you’re not really in the mood to cook. The position is quiet, comfortable to visit Elafonisi, Aspri Limni, and Voulolimni beaches as well as to explore the Chrisoskalithissa Monastery.

Mamma Vasso, Elafonisi


Why you should stay: Discover the most authentic traits of the legendary Cretan hospitality staying at Mamma Vasso’s, a compact but super comfy home.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

Mamma Vasso’s stone house is located in the historical village of Vathi, just 7 minutes from the fantastic pink sand beach of Elafonisi, and only 6 minutes from the magnificent Kedrodasos beach.

The rental home can host from 2 to 4 guests, which makes it perfect for a couple as well as for a family with two kids.

In the property, there’s also large yard with gorgeous views, endless fresh herbs ideal for cooking, and lush trees. This fantastic house dates back to the years of the Venetian rule, featuring the original stonework on the high walls of the building. Fully renovated, the house offers every modern comfort you need.

Ellafos Traditional Living, Perivolia, near Elafonisi


Why you should stay: To take advantage of its position and tranquil surroundings. The house is only 15 minutes from Elafonisi beach.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: Yes
  • in case you were wondering… This host committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts

This traditional home is part of a unique complex of four different traditional houses in classic Cretan style, perfect for an unforgettable holiday.

The houses are located very close to the beach of Elafonisi. It’s a fantastic mountain hideaway and every home features stylish and comfortable characteristics. The place is clean, and roomy and it even has a washing machine, a great thing for those traveling from one place to the other on the island!

If you stay in any of these houses, you can even reach the beach on foot and make use of the beautiful swimming pool. And if you’re not in the mood for cooking, for a small fee you can even be served breakfast in the morning.

The House of Olympia, Elafonisi


Why you should stay: To experience the traditional way also Cretans live!

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 Nights
  • Pets allowed: Yes

The House of Olympia is a traditional home owned by a Cretan family with a unique atmosphere. As the owners say, it’s a place for dreamers to reset, reflect and create. They’ve tried to keep this house as traditional as possible without taking away from comfort.

The house is in Vathi village, about one hour from the center of Chania, just 10 minutes from Elafonisi beach. A convenience store close to the property lets you buy all the things you need to cook your own meals if you want to. There are two bedrooms, a main area living room and also a kitchen completely renovated and fully equipped. There is a big garden with a wonderful and romantic view.

>> This is one of the best Airbnbs in Elafonisi!

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  • Further reading

If you would like to read more about Crete’s best beaches, you should also check this article featuring over 40 stunning beaches in Crete. Those staying in Chania should definitely check both West Crete beaches and the stunning beaches on the Akrotiri peninsula. The southern coast of Crete boasts the most spectacular, unspoiled beaches on the island while the remote shores in East Crete are lonely and fascinating, ideal to relax and enjoy.

Traveling with kids? There are so many child-friendly beaches on Crete that you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to visit. Falasarna as well as Elafonisi are among them. For a romantic beach holiday, head straight to Balos Beach and Lagoon! And if you’re longing for some naturist swimming and sunbathing, do check my guide to Crete’s best naturist beaches. It’s super helpful and includes GPS coordinates to find your way!

What’s your favorite Airbnb in Elafonisi?
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Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

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Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!

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