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Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece

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Wade through the translucent shallows to reach the tiny islet facing this nature reserve beach at the southeastern tip of Crete. It’s unusually quiet and commerce-free, with pinkish sand and bright blue water (it takes either a bus or a car to get there). Chania, a charming village with a 15th-century Venetian harbor, is the site of the lovingly restored Casa Leone hotel. casa-leone.com

—Alexandra Marshall

Europe's Secret Beaches

Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece

Wade through the translucent shallows to reach the tiny islet facing this nature reserve beach at the southeastern tip of Crete. It’s unusually quiet and commerce-free, with pinkish sand and bright blue water (it takes either a bus or a car to get there). Chania, a charming village with a 15th-century Venetian harbor, is the site of the lovingly restored Casa Leone hotel. casa-leone.com

—Alexandra Marshall

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Europe's Secret Beaches

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