Things to do in Paralia Kourna

Our most recommended things to do in Paralia Kourna

From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

1. From Rethymno: Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach Tour

Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is truly a heaven on earth, with soft white/pink sand, exotic crystal-clear water and cedar trees that extend down to the coastline. It is located in the easily accessible, south-western side of Crete. Get picked up from your hotel area in the morning. Stop for a short break is the Aghia Sophia cave. Visit the cave, and have coffee or refreshments if you choose. Following this, depart for Elafonissi. On your way, see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery, along with the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once you reach Elafonissi, have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy the spectrum of shades of blue that this beach has to offer. At the end of your tour, return to your accommodation in Crete.

Crete: Roundtrip Boat Ride to Loutro with Hotel Transfer

2. Crete: Roundtrip Boat Ride to Loutro with Hotel Transfer

You will start your day taking the road to the beautiful high plateau of Askifou, here already you can feel a different atmosphere than the busy coastline. Stop in small village for a coffee break and enjoy the land life atmosphere before heading to the South coast of Crete. On the way you will have a stunning view over the Imbros gorge and the Libyan Sea. You will reach the harbor of Chora Sfakion, where a private taxi boat awaits you. After the ride over the crystal-clear sea, you will soon reach the fisher village of Loutro – no cars, no mopeds or trucks disturb the silence. This small village is connected to the outside world only twice a day with a ferry boat connection and for that it is a common secret for people looking for few days of peace. Enjoy the time at the beautiful small bays with swimming, strolling through the narrow streets of this beautiful place or relax in a small fish tavern at the port. In the afternoon, the taxi boat will take you back to the civilization and the bus will bring you to the north coast and your hotel.

North-East Crete: Chania Full-Day Tour with Snack and Pickup

3. North-East Crete: Chania Full-Day Tour with Snack and Pickup

Before reaching Chania city and wander to the narrow streets of the old city, firstly stop at the peninsula of Akrotiri. There it is the grave of the important politician Eleftherios Venizelos, where we can enjoy a fabulous view over Souda Bay. Chania, the second largest city of the island of Crete will be next stop. After a city tour, your steps will leads you to the city port where you will enjoy some small Cretan specialties. Free time to explore the city on your own will be next. You can also visit the famous market hall here. We continue with the stop at the ruins of "Aptera" and spend some time for the sensational view over the north coast. Final stop is the freshwater lake "Kournas", here you can end the day with a Greek coffee on a terrace from one of the numerous coffee shops.

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What people are saying about Paralia Kourna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 311 reviews

We absolutely loved it. Especially how the tour was well organized and on time. Also our driver Kostas was very nice and his bus was very clean and comfortable with air conditioner very well set that it was cool enough but we didn’t feel cold neither. We experienced both Balos and Elafonissi beach tours with Markidis travel and we would have chosen them again. We very much appreciated that the tour was a bit adjusted and we went to the beach directly and avoided crowdy beach. When it comes to the tours themselves, if you don’t have enough time and want to experience something new, go for Balos tour. If you prefer a sandy comfortable beach, go with Elafonissi. Elafonissi beach is very pretty but it is a bit “boring”- comfortable sandy beach with sunbeds and umbrellas. Also, you have to search for the pink sand, so you might take it as a challenge. On the way back we went to see a cave which was very interesting because the cave used to be used as a chirch and for ceremonies.

Great tour - Anastasia and the driver Kostas were great. There was information about the area and history and different music during the ride, which made the ride go by comparatively quickly. We were the first bus on the absolutely magnificent beach and were therefore able to secure a nice spot. Later we stopped at a small cave and could eat something there before we went back to the hotel. A great trip - we can recommend it unconditionally. Just great.

The tour was well organised and everything was on time. The tour guide Anastassia was very helpful and shared a lot of information about the island and its history. Really enjoyed the tour.

Very good excursion, well organized. The guide and the driver were lovely and provided interesting information all the way. We stopped at nice places where we could taste local food.

Very nice staff and an incredibly beautiful beach. Can just be recommended.