About the ride
Chrisoskalitissa Monastery or Panagia Chryssoskalitissa is an Orthodox Christian monastery located on the southwest coast of Crete, about 72 kilometers southwest of Chania. It stands on a rocky, 35 meters height hill, overlooking the Libyan Sea. This female monastery is just a few kilometers north of the famous Elafonisi beach. According to Cretian tradition, the name of the monastery derives from the ninety steps which lead there, the last one of which is said to be golden but only visible to the faithful (hence the name of the monastery from the word "Hriso" meaning "gold" and "Skalitissa" meaning "the stair").
The monastery is dedicated to the Holy Trinity (“Agia Triada”) and the death of The Virgin Mary (“Kimisis of Theotokos”). It is said that the painting of “Kimisis tis Theotokou” was made 1.000 years ago. The area of Chrisoskalitissa is inhabited from the Middle-Minoan years when there was a settlement of fishermen and, like all monasteries in Crete, hadn’t escaped from the troubled history of the island, including numerous wars and conquers but it is still standing proudly above the sea. Chrisoskalitissa Monastery is one of the landmarks of southwest Crete. A simple, but impressive, building has kept alive the atmosphere of past centuries. Today, the monastery is open to all people who want to visit it.
Elafonisi beach is located 76 km west of Chania and 5 km south of Chrysoskalitisa Monastery, in the southwesternmost point of Crete. Elafonisi is an oblong, which often "breaks" in two parts by water, giving the impression of being a separate island. Elafonisi is a Natura 2000 protected area. The island is full of dunes with sand lilies and junipers (like cedar trees). The endangered turtles, caretta caretta, and several rare animals nest on the island and it is strictly forbidden to remove any plants, animals or sand from the area. Exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, reminiscent of the Caribbean, are formed on either side of the peninsula. The sand is pinkish in many places, taking its color from thousands of broken shells. Near the “breaking” point of the peninsula, the water does not exceed 1 m, creating a small lagoon, ideal for children. You can easily cross the lagoon in order to reach the “island” where the water is shallow. The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is well organized and has the most people. There are umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, snack bars and changing rooms.
Also, near the beach, there is a huge area for parking and, even further, a few rooms to rent. Alternatively, the beaches on either side of the island are less crowded and are the most beautiful, with amazing azure colors. If you want to stay completely secluded or nude, you can walk along the peninsula until you find a quiet cove that you like! There are always many coves available for naturists.
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You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time
Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one
Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel
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Included in the price
- Hotel pickup and dropoff
- Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
- Free wifi onboard
- Fuel and tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Water and snacks
- Official tour guide (you can include one after the booking)
- Lunch, other beverages and meals
- Tips and gratuities
- Entrance fees for all attractions
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What happens after I book?
Once you complete your booking you will receive a confirmation email. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team at email@example.com for any specific questions regarding your booking.
What is the cancellation policy?
100% cancellation penalty applies when service is cancelled 24 hours or less prior to service delivery date or in case of no-show.
Comfortable Clothes & Shoes
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes since certain areas contain many steps and may have uneven or rocky ground. Please note that religious sites require modest attire- knees and shoulders must be covered.
In the summer months, the sun is especially strong (even on cloudy days) so we recommend that you wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself. Also, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Photography is permitted in most historical sites unless otherwise mentioned.
We recommend you always keep local currency on you (euro) as many local merchants do not accept cards as payment.
Accessibility & Special Needs
Should anyone in your group have special needs or have advanced accessibility requirements, please specify upon booking and we will make sure to accommodate your needs and customize your tour accordingly.
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- Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost.
- Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions.
- Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws.
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