Km from Chania, there is the village of Vathi. After Vathi the road
becomes poor, running south until, a total of 73 Km, it reaches the
south coast at the Crysoskalitissa Convent. The fortress-like convent
is built high up on a steep cliff over a narrow bay, with a wonderful
view south over the LIbyan Sea.(At least aremarkable sight)
Continuing about 5 Km south west from the convent, we come to the
beautiful islet of Elafonisi, which is joined to the body of Crete by a
shallow reef some 800 metres long. This is easy to cross when the
weather is calm. The land-scape is warm and the and welcoming, with
brilliant white sand and the calm sea. There is no hint of the
frightful waves which the south wind can whip up - some of the fiercest
in the Mediterranean.
Nor is there any reminder of the catastrophe of 24 April 1824, when, on
Easter Sunday, the troops of Ibrahim slaughtered 40 Greeks fighter and
600 women and children. Only a plaque on the summit of the island bears
witness to their terrible end.