Elafonissos is a very small island that is located in the extreme south-east of the Peloponnese in front of the city of Neapolis. It has an area of 19 square km and is just 570 mt. from the coast of the Peloponnese (Punta). His name, Elafonissos, which in greek means Deer Island, seems to derive from the fact that in antiquity was widely practiced especially hunting of red deer, so reports to the greek historian Pausanias.
Also in the surrounding region there were many shrines dedicated to the goddess of the hunt Diana. Elafonissos and perhaps the island more exotic Caribbean beaches of the Mediterranean with the fine golden sand and turquoise green waters. The most famous is undoubtedly the beach of Simos with the two bays of indescribable beauty situated in the south-east of the islet. But there are many other beautiful beaches such as Long Panagia, where the sea has beautiful waters rich in vegetation and colorful fish. Lefki, located in the west of the island, and 'a small beach sheltered from the wind by the white sandy beach and the turquoise waters and crystal clear. The only village that port and also located in the north-east of the island, we live only a few hundred inhabitants, mostly fishermen.
In the town of Pavlopetri is a submerged city of the Bronze Age one of the most important underwater sites in the world.
The summer is' quite frequented by tourists, especially during the months of July and August.
The climate is Mediterranean with long hot summers.