Elafonissos Geography

Elafonissos Geography
Information about the geography of Elafonissos, Greece

Elafonissos is a tiny island on the southern side of the peninsula of Laconia, eastern Peloponnese. Only a narrow strait of sea separates it from the town of Neapoli, on the opposite coast of Peloponnese, from where the ferries to Elafonissos depart. In fact, scientists believed that the island of Elafonissos was once attached to Peloponnese but it separated due to an earthquake in the 1st century BC. This is why the history of Elafonissos is so connected to the history of Peloponnese.

Elafonissos has a flat landscape and the highest mountain peak in Vardia, in the centre of the island, at an altitude of 276 m. The rest of the landscape has some hills but nothing wild. Another geological characteristic of Elafonissos is the exotic beaches that can be found all over its coastline.

The geography of Elafonissos is characterized by the stunning beaches. The most famous beach of Elafonissos is Simos, a gorgeous beach of white sand, crystal water and some tamarisk bushes on shore. Other exotic beaches are Panagitsa and Sarakiniko. The only village on the island is located on the northern side and also serves as the main port. Inhabitants make their living from fishing and tourism.

Map of Elafonissos

Map Elafonissos map View the map of Elafonissos with the main villages, beaches and sightseeing. Also, location of the port.
View: Map of Elafonissos

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