Balos Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in Greece, if not the entire Mediterranean. The beach is located on the westernmost point of Crete, on the Gramvousa peninsula, and is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, fine white sand, and breathtaking natural beauty.
Getting to Balos Beach can be an adventure in itself. You can reach the beach by hiking, driving, or taking the boat. You can also choose to drive to Balos, although the road is unpaved and bumpy. Also the hike path from the parking lot to the beach is rocky, steep, and can be quite slippery, so wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water. The overall effort is worth it, though, as the views along the way are breathtaking. Alternatively, you can take the boat from Kissamos or do a boat tour from Chania and enjoy the scenic route from the sea.
Once you arrive at Balos Beach, you will be greeted by a picturesque landscape of white sand dunes and crystal-clear water. The water is shallow and calm, making it an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. The beach is also surrounded by a lagoon, which is home to a variety of marine life. You can rent umbrellas and sun loungers on the beach, but when it’s busy you might not be able to get one, or you can bring your own equipment. When taking the boat from Kissamos, you can also rent umbrellas on board.
In addition to its stunning beauty, Balos Beach also has a rich history. The beach was once a pirate hideout, and the remains of a Venetian fortress called Gramvousa can still be seen on the hill overlooking the beach. The fortress was built in the 16th century to protect the island from pirates, and it offers stunning views of the lagoon and the surrounding area.
Balos is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Crete. Whether you prefer to hike, drive, or take a boat tour, the journey to the beach is well worth the effort. Once you arrive, you will be rewarded with stunning natural beauty, crystal-clear water, and a rich history. Don’t forget to bring your camera or have plenty of space on your phone to capture the memories of this unforgettable destination.
For bus times please refer to our timetable page. The parking is free of charge, however you will need to pay 1 euro municipality fee per person when you drive towards Balos. If you are taking the boat and are driving to Kissamos port, the port offers free parking.