On the opposite shore, is the beach of Pounta with sand dunes, cedar trees, magnificent shells and fine sand. The beach of Pounta starts east from the "Ypostego" (the dck) and reaches to the “Chamokylo”, a point where there are strong currents and waves that make the beach an ideal one for surfing.
West of the harbor one can admire, even to this day, an ancient road network that once united the island with the mainland up until 375 AD and today it is lost at the bottom of the sea (in some places it is still visible) to appear in several locations on the island. In the places "Siderospilia" and "Kamari" there were iron mines during the antiquity.
The route from Ypostego to Elafonisos and the passage of Elafonisos canal is an initiation experience: "A journey in time, lasting less than 10', lost in the depths of history and prehistory, above the sunken section of the island" (Mentis 1993: 164).
Mentis, K., 1994, S. Peloponnesus and its “smigopelaga” islands. - Il Peloponneso meridionale e le sue isole “smigopelaga”, Elafonisos: Library of Elafonisos/Bibliotheca di Elafonisos