Koufonisi or Lefki as a second name, is situated 10 miles southeast from Makri Gialos.
Its name comes from the many pits and caves created by the sea and the rain by sculpting the soft rocks. The name Lefki, which in Greek means “white” comes from the white color of limestones and marl.
The island is not inhabited today, but it is full of findings that testify,
the human existence from the early Minoan to post-Byzantine times. Locals often call Koufonissi the “Delos of Crete” due to the important antiquities on the island
The unknown to many people Koufonisi, hides as a secret treasure its 36 different and with unique beauty beaches, which would easily be ranked among the best on earth.
The biggest part of the island is covered with a thin white sand, which reminds you more an African scenery. The visitor is able to admire the beauty of the white rocks next to the clear blue waters and also the tranquility of the nature.
The island of Koufonisi is Wildlife Refuge. Due to its incredible natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000
Evdokia, pirate ship, departs from the small, wind-protected port of Makrys Gialos in Ierapetra to Koufonisi island. Makrys Gialos is a lovely seaside village, 38 kilometers south of Siteia, and 25 kilometers east of Ierapetra, in the southeastern part of the prefecture of Lasithi.
The cruise is departing daily from May to September. Departure at 10.45 from Makris Gialos port and return at 17.15.
TICKET PRICES (without meals)
- Passengers up to 2 years old travel for free.
- Passengers between the age of 3 and 12 pay 11€.
- Passengers over 13 years old pay 23€.