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Elafonisos (Greek: Ελαφόνησος)



Elafonisos is a small Greek island between the Peloponnese (Greek: Πελοπόνησος) and Kythira (Greek: Κύθηρα). It lies off the coast of Cape Malea (Greek: Ακρ. Μαλέας) and Vatika (Greek: Βάτικα). The area of the island is 19 km².


The population which is between 300 and 350 during the winter, however, increases in the summer months. This is because the island is a popular tourist destination during the summer. The tourist season is in the months of July and August reaching 3,000 with 1,600 cars every day. Many people visit the island for its light coloured, sandy beaches of the island. The mains beaches of the island, Sarakiniko, Fragos (Simos) and Panagias Nissia, are filled with golden-green waters. Just across the island on similar patterns and only 570ft away from the mainland the Punta beach lies.



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Taken on January 6, 2002