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“Just dont miss it! Cretan Blue lagoon...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Balos Beach and Lagoon

Balos Beach and Lagoon
Gramvoussa peninsula, Kissamos, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Kissamos
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Heraklion, Greece
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“Just dont miss it! Cretan Blue lagoon...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I have been planning this trip from winter time as my kids ages 7&10 would follow so I wanted to be sure I will do everything right and not take any risks.

Basic rules:

1.Have good hiking shoes.
2.Have a good litre of water per person.
3.Have a camera...
4.Be prepared for the view of a lifetime...

The road to get there is a bad dusty rocky road but any car can handle...so don't be fooled and take the boat trip.
After the descend you will find all the beach amenities you need so don't carry anything with you except a camera, a towel, sunscreen and a wallet...you will remember me when you climb back...
There are umbrellas for rent, 2 different beach taverns that sell almost everything at reasonable prices (umbrella set 6 euro, bottle of water 1 euro) Toilets etc. Camping is not allowed but we ended up staying overnight...there are basic camping facilities in the taverna on left side as you descend...;). We had fresh fish 1/2kg plate for 10 euro!

Tip: Umbrellas in front of the taverna on your left are free...(but do buy a coffee/beer or some water from the place as a thank you.)

Times:
1.Rocky dusty road up to the parking spot where your descend starts : 35-40min (approx. 8km)
2.Descend on foot : 40-45min (We didn't select the donkey ride that is available at 8 euro)

The uphill journey is a test for your feet but you will be glad you did it when you reach the top. Take the time and have some cold water-melon at the "taverna" on the parking spot...enjoy the view and thank god you were lucky enough to enjoy this cretan "blue lagoon"... Have a blast! It worths every drop of your sweat!

Visited July 2013
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“beautiful location - Way too crowed - Very uncomfortable transport”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We went to Balos with the smaller cruise ship that can be found at Kissamos harbor. As far as we know that is the only way to reach Balos lagoon unless you take the long and hazardous car ride there yourself. It costs 25 euro per person and we are not quite sure why. We were on the biggest of the four ships that does the tours. It was stuffed full with people and seating was no where to be found unless you wanted to sit in full sunlight. They only accept cash on board and the personal was rude and uninformative. After about an hour the ship arrives at a small island with a beautiful beach and an ancient pirate fort. The climb to the top (140 meters above sea level) is long and very steep with around 500 people walking in line. The fort was interesting and had a fantastic view, properly the best part of the tour. After a two hour stop here the ship leaves for the 15 min trip to Balos lagoon. Way, way too many people. You will have to lay close like on any other tourist beach and while the water was beautiful around the outer edge of the lagoon is was also very cold. Inside the lagoon the water was very nice but also very murky (because of the many people).

We regret going in this trip. While the place is exactly as beautiful as you hope it was way to uncomfortable and expensive to be worth it.

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“Nice but”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Long drive for 9 km - one hour! Use 4wd or take the ferry! The road is not suitable for normal car. Make sure it leave 2 hrs before sundown as the walk to the car park and drive back will take some time - and it isn't fun in the dark!

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“Fantastic bech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Brilliant views and ocean soooo green and blue. Perfect greek beach. Worth the drive and the entry fee. Don't miss out

Visited June 2013
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“Breathtaking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

We stumbled across Balos by mistake having visited Kissamos, sat in a taverna and watched a number of vehicles heading up the hillside along a track. Curiosity got the better of us and so decided to join them in our little hire vehicle.

Be warned! This journey is NOT for the faint hearted, a dangerous dusty goat track, full sizeable boulders to cause concern, winding around the cliff side often without any vision of the track ahead. There is no Armco so the journey with passing vehicles takes you dangerously on the cliff edge. I admit I don't have a head for heights, however with safety barriers I can reason with myself - I burst into tears through sheer fright and considered climbing into the footwell as the cars tired slipped and groaned over the uneven track surface.

Relief hits you when you reach the top and i consider they should sell t shirts stating you survived!! You could get a donkey from here for a small fee, however I preferred my trusty legs after the car ride up. Wear some sturdy shoes for the decent to the beach.

The journey worth the magnificent view at the top, jaw dropping of the lagoon. We didn't venture down to the crystal clear sea and white sand as we were not equipped, however it appeared very busy from up above.

The journey down hill was easier as a passenger as you drove closer to the hillside which was a comfort to me. Stop off at the tiny fishing harbour at the bottom at Captain Fish restaurant (there are only 2 - it's the one on the left).

Recommend however make sure you have a good vehicle and tires.

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