Travel guide

Elafonisos


General info

Welcome to Elafonisos...

Elafonisos (Deer island) is a small Isle in the Southeast edge of Peloponnese. The access is easy, as it is only 570 metres away from the coast of Peloponnese. This small island with an extent of just 21 square Kilometres has only one town, called “Chora”, which is the harbour, too. The population of this small island is no more than 800 inhabitants. In order to reach Elafonisos beginning from Athens, you need about 5 hours by car to Punta and another 10 minutes from there by ferry boat to the island.

 

In the past...

Elafonisos owes its name to the numerous deer which existed in the region in antiquity. As mentioned by “Pausanias”, there were many shrines of Goddess Artemis (the Goddess of hunting) and plethora of red deer. That’s why in the Venetian maps of the 15th century, the island was named “cervi”, which means “deer”, rendering the existence of these animal in the region. In the 16th and 17th centuries the island was the base of operations against corsairs and pirates. Nowadays the "Strait of Elafonisos" is still the main passage of ships to the Eastern Mediterranean Gulf, with hundreds of them passing every day.

 

Nowadays...

Elafonisos is a part of Greece worth a visit. A small “paradise on Earth", with golden sand beaches and beautiful crystal clear sea that promises the visitor relaxation and pleasant moments of calmness. This little island is mainly known for its large sandy beaches, such as the "Simou” and the “Sarakiniko” beach. But Elafonisos does not only offer amazing and picturesque beaches to the visitor. Hiking lovers have one more reason to visit the island, because apart from sports they have the opportunity to explore a truly magical place.

 

 

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then
you can visit:

 

  • the long sandy beaches, such as the beaches of “Simou” and “Sarakiniko”

  • the beach of “Panagias Islands”, located in the North-West of the island

  • the lighthouse of “Cavo Malia” (Cape Malia)

  • the Monastery of “Agia Irini”

  • the cells of “Agios Georgios”

How to go

By Car:

Elafonisos is located 314 kilometres from Athens. Once you get on Attiki Odos towards Elefsina, continue your journey on the National Highway Athens-Corinth for approximately 80 km. Leaving Corinth behind , follow the way to Tripolis (attention to road signs in order not to miss the exit). Once you have reached Tripolis leave the National Road (“Tripoli node”) and follow the road first towards Sparta and then towards Neapoli. Finally follow the way to “Elafonisos” – “Agios Georgios” (there is a road sign), until you get to “Pounta”, where you can take the ferryboat to the beautiful island of Elafonisos. (Departures every half an hour)

 

Total travel time : 300 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are itineraries from Athens to Elafonisos (Neapoli). The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5124913

KTEL Busses Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 - 22221, 23222

 

By Train:

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.net and  www.ose.gr/

 

Useful telephones


Municipality Elafonisos : ☎  (+30) 27340 61238


Medical Centre of Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 – 61294, 61249


Port of Neapolis : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 22228


Police Station Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 61111


Taxi Station Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 22590


Neapolis Health Centre : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 – 22222, 22500


Pharmacy Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 61390


Post Office Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 22211


National Bank Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 22380


Agrotiki Bank Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 22750


KEP (Citizen Service Center) Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 27340 24085


Fire Department Elafonisos : ☎  (+ 30) 199

Distances

From the city of Elafonisos to:

Athens

319 km

Thessaloniki   

810 km

Piraeus

316 km

Larisa

661 km 

Volos

634 km 

Ioannina

574 km 

Zakynthos

377 km 

Pylos

216 km 

Kalamata

168 km

Nafplio

227 km 

Patras

336 km 

Sparti

107 km 

Corinth

241 km 

Igoumenitsa

640 km

Pyrgos

298 km