The lagoon Balos is located 53 km from the city of Chania and is formed a frying pan between the peninsula and western side of the cape of Gramvousa. One look is enough to realize that Balos is not just a beach, but a masterpiece of nature that has starred in hundreds of postcards and is worshiped by thousands of tourists that reach here every year.
There are mainly two ways to get to Balos. One is to hop onto one of the boats on fixed routes from the port of Kissamos to the beach. You have the chance to admire the rugged coastline of cape Gramvoussa, swim in the clear blue waters of the island Imeri Gramvousa and visit the fortress. Another way to get to Balos is by road. If you drive to the village Kaliviani, you follow the dirt road that starts from there and after about 8 km you reach the parking lot on the beach. At the end of the road you will see one canteen, as well as the path downhill to the beach. Although the climb up hill when you return may seem difficult for you, hiking is relatively easy, it takes about 20 minutes and it’s definitely worth it.
The white sand colors the warm and shallow waters of Balos in all versions of blue. You will find there Beach umbrellas sunbeds, and a canteen of the municipality. If possible, when visiting choose a day in the begging or end of the summer to avoid overcrowding. In all other cases, come early enough if you want to find free sunbeds. As the entire peninsula of Gramvousa, also Balos is included in the Natura 2000 network protection, so treat it as it deserves. If you stay on the beach until late afternoon, do not hurry to leave. Climb up the path above Balos and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever confronted.