Elafonisi is an elongated peninsula frequently split in two by the sea. At the breaking point, a shallow lagoon stretches out, in which the water is never more than a metre deep. The eastern side of the beach before the lagoon is developed for tourism, with sunshades, snack bars, changing rooms, showers, lifeguards, and a car park available. The area attracts many visitors in peak season. Those who prefer it quieter can simply cross the lagoon to reach the southern side of the island. Here, in addition to small, secluded bays, you will find more than 110 different plant species and many endangered animal species.