Balos beach is located in the most northwest edge of Crete and is 52km away from Chania city. Balos, in essence, is a lagoon which is formed between Gramvousa cape and the peninsula of Tigani.
It is one of the most photographed areas on the island and one of the most attractive beaches to visit during your holidays in Crete. You can enjoy the sea by swimming in the warm and shallow sea and relax while gazing at the turquoise waters which give a magical atmosphere in combination with the white and pink sand. This strange colour of the sand, which you can also see in Elafonisi, is a result of the thousands of broken shells these beaches have. Once visit there is just enough to be charmed by the wild nature which completes the scenery, rocks, caves slopes rising up around you.
The whole area is a protected zone and provides shelter for the sea turtle caretta-caretta, the monk seal and it also hosts rare species of plants and animals (cormorants and falcons).
Accessing Balos can be as easy or as difficult as you choose it to be!
If you take the boat from Kissamos port, the most usual way, you will have the chance to see the steep coastline of Cape Gramvousa from a breathtaking distance and swim in the heavenly waters of the islet ‘Imeri Gramvousa’. On the top of this islet you can admire the fortress which was built by the Venetians in 1579-1584 to protect the natural harbor on the southern coast of the island. Those who like photography can take a photo of the rusty shipwreck which happened there in 1968 and today is an attractive and impressive sight.
If you have a car you can drive until you reach Kaliviani, a village after Kissamos. After that you are 8km driving distance away from a dirt road which leads up to a wide parking area where you can leave your car. After your strenuous journey, you will be compensated by the breathtaking views. Balos beach is only a short walk 1km walk away.
Finally if you love hiking you can access Balos beach via a 3-hour walking route through Gramvousa and Tigani. The benefits are many as you will have the chance to visit the church of Agios Georgios, Agios Sostis and to see close up, the rare fauna of the area.