Located on the remote, far western coast of the Greek island of Crete, the pink sands of Elafonisi Beach are well worth the drive across the island. The journey from the town of Chania takes about two hours and winds through the white-knuckle, mountain roads of the Topolia Gorge. Luckily, along the drive you’ll pass through the beautiful quaint villages of Topolia, Koutsomatados, Myli, Elos, Kefali and Vathi so there are plenty of options for breaking up the drive with a stop at a cafe or taverna. When you finally reach the shores of Elafonisi you’ll realize it was definitely worth the ambitious drive. Overlooking the Libyan Sea, Elafonisi Beach is more than just a single beach; it’s actually a peninsula of several beaches that at various tides even becomes its own island. The white sands of sandbars are lapped by ankle-deep waters that seem to extend for miles. Though it’s not a bold shade of pink, crystals of pink sand are easily visible around the shoreline. Posted signs warn visitors not to damage the natural environment by taking any of the pink sand (which is apparently a problem so perhaps at one point Elafonisi had even more pink sand). Whether you spend just an afternoon or stay for a few days, Elafonisi Beach is a must-see on any visit to Crete.