Greece: Elafonissos, a tiny island at the bottom of the Pelopennese

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By Katie

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We went to visit an island called Elafonissos at the very south of the Greek mainland,  and at the bottom of the Peloponnese.   It used to be joined to the mainland and the old name for the peninsula, “Onou Gnathos”, means donkey’s jawbone.  But the tiny bit it was joined by sunk into the sea round about 1000BC after an earthquake.

For a long time pirates used the island and big ships still pass this way going east and west.

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About 1100 people live there now and  it’s just under 20 square kilometres.   There are some hotels and apartments and a few shops.  We visited at the beginning of May and it was almost deserted.  It looked like a lot of places were closed.   And there was only one campsite to stay on but it was expensive!!!!! – 35 euros for our family and the campervan so we just caught the boat back at night.

On the island you are not allowed to wild camp.  There is a big sign saying if you do you get a fine of 147€ per person per night!!  So we didn’t stay.  It’s the only place we have seen that sign.

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We went for a swim at a beautiful beach the water is so shallow for at least 100 metres in!!

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It is the first island we have been to in Greece.  We took the ferry to go across, it was so much fun.

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The campervan had to reverse onto the boat !!!…

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It took us about 10 to 15 minutes to get to the island on the boat.  There is a boat every hour.   You pay on the boat.

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The boat cost us 18,50€ each way including the campervan.  There are two ferries and the other ferry tried to get us on their boat with a cheaper price, but we liked the man on the other ferry better.

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