What makes a pink sand beach? Thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, dead marine creatures with red and pink shells get exposed to the sun, then mixed with white sand. The end result? These stunning pink beaches.
Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece
Seventy-five kilometres southwest of Chania, Crete, is a magical island that is brimming with pink sand and clear blue waters, and that is Elafonisi. Crossing the lagoon and making your way to the uninhabited Elafonisi island is an easy feat, even for those who are less confident with the open waters. Home to around 110 plant species, this naturist’s paradise also has small coves and intriguing rock formations, each with their own story. When the sun sets over the bare Cretan mountains in the distance, hit up the beach bar on the mainland and watch blissfully as the sky turns golden, with an ice-cold beer in hand.