Elafonisi Island is near the southeast tip of Crete, 43km from Kastelli
and 76km from Chania. The road from Chrisoskalitissa continues as a dirt track
of 5km to Elafonisi. There are organized bus tours from Kastelli and Chania as
well as boat tours from Paleohora to Elafonisi. The area of Elafonisi has beautiful
beaches, in front of which is the island of Elafonisi itself.
This lovely islet was the site of a massacre of 850 women and children by the
Turks in 1824. The women and children were hidden there and as the Turks camped
on the beaches a horse found the shallow, 0.5 - 0.8 metre-deep water path to the
island. The Turks discovered the women and children and slaughtered them. There
is a memorial plaque on the highest point of the islet.
This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.