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Balos Lagoon

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most beautiful beach in Creta (together with Elafonisi) and famous for its wild nature, with turquoise waters and white sands turning to amazing shades of pink in some places. Waters are shallow, perfect for kids and lovely for grownups too. A legendary lagoon is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank marcotL403QV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a paradise on the earth. The bes way to reach lagoon is by boot. Reserve whole day when you are planing be there.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank janrad11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If do not see BALOS, while You visit Crete, You always will be sorry ! For me the absolute most beautiful blue lagoon beach on Crete. The colour of the water is absolutely the most astonishing on the whole island. If You go there from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ChristianW1735
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the boat tour to Balos Lagoon including a stop at Gramvousa island. Since Balos is one of the top beaches in the world this was a must-see for us while on Crete. Beautiful, shallow and calm waters make this a nice beach and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alegria_en_sol
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Balos by sea with the first stop on Gramvousa island. Our rented car was small and not suitable for the road to Balos, but if you can go there by car I would suggest that, because I would have liked to stay more...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AlinaR0403
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take a boat trip around the headland and view this fabulous unspoilt lagoon in all its glory. You will be amazed at the colour and temperature of the sea. Not to be missed

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Martyn W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't miss the experience to visit Balos. It is an incredible place. We had a long walk on the mountains surrounded by sheep and couldn't imagine what was coming. Paradise!!!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank fundolaquerencia
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

This is by far the most stunning place I've ever swam at. We came here in October so it was fairly quiet and not too packed. I swam in one of the lagoons and ahead of me was only a huge mountain. It was an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

The most amazing beach I have ever seen in my life. I strongly recommend it! (You need a car to get there)

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Mirta001
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We took the trip which had an early morning start (06:10) by being collected from our hotel on the eastern side of the island and then a coach trip Kisamos to catch the ferry, bus trip fine, luxury coach restful with one comfort break each...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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babycashew
June 18, 2018|
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Response from AlexSpori | Reviewed this property |
You may want to check these depending where you want to catch the boat from. Either Kissamos port with: cretandailycruises Falasarna, this can be bespoke for a smaller group too: falasarna-cruises. You also want to consider... More
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I didn't see this, I hope you went, I don't believe what you were told was true. I loved this beach, one of the best in the world. If you didn't go, you must go next time.
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DaveGLondon
London, United Kingdom
First time to Greece: Western Crete or Skala, Cephalonia? (8 Replies)
Hello, This is a silly question since both places would be wonderful. My wife and I are writers and we want to visit a quiet part of a Greek Island with nice sea/beach access, areas to walk and explore for half-day excursions, and as importantly: sit and write in our villa! We've found a traditional Cretan stone villa about 5km south of Kolymbari towards Kissanos in western Crete. It is a few minutes walk to the sea, but not the beach. We love the idea of trips to Balos Lagoon and...More
June 16, 2012|
Response fromGraham B|
Hi there I know both areas and really, the only downside I can see to Skala is that it sits at the very southern tip of Kefalonia making for some longer rides out to see the island's sights. Having said that, the location south of Kolimbari on Crete sounds idyllic, plus if you want a bit of peace and quiet, you are within very east reach of the Rodopoi peninsula where there are some fabulous walking opportunities with the scenery and views to match. If you want to use buses to get out...More
cestella
Sydney
public transport – general (2 Replies)
I read on a travel blog of crete that you may need a car to get around this island, is this completely true? We’re planning to go to Crete middle of September this year and would like to see the following places / attractions: Elafonissi Beach, Samaria Gorge National Park, Balos Lagoon, Ayios Nikolaos, Gortys, Hania, Iraklion and The Minoan Palace. We haven’t booked our accommodation yet so if anyone can suggest a location that has public transport options to most of these sites would be...More
March 19, 2012|
Response fromGraham B|
Hi there Buses on Crete are in fact very good, generally reliable, comfortable and inexpensive. The major towna along the north coast all have bus stations - from west to east Chania, Rethymno, Iraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia. These are all major hubs with many rural routes available. The sights you list are scattered across the island - Crete is huge, I don't know how long you have there but even if you have two weeks, you will be able to see a tenth of what's on offer, so you need...More
cestella
Sydney
public transport – general (1 Replies)
I read on a travel blog of crete that you may need a car to get around this island, is this completely true? We’re planning to go to Crete middle of September this year and would like to see the following places / attractions: Elafonissi Beach, Samaria Gorge National Park, Balos Lagoon, Ayios Nikolaos, Gortys, Hania, Iraklion and The Minoan Palace. We haven’t booked our accommodation yet so if anyone can suggest a location that has public transport options to most of these sites would be...More
March 19, 2012|
Response fromRetired_Hippy|
Well, some writers just go around in a car and know nothing about the bus services. They just make assumptions. All of those places are accessible using Crete's buses or excursion boats. Elafonissi - Bus from Chania, excursion boats from Paleochora. The latter also buses from Chania. Samaria Gorge to start - Bus from Chania and Paleochora, Kastelli, Rethymnon, Sougia. Samaria Gorge from exit - Boat to Paleochora, Loutro, Chora Sfakia. Bus from the latter to Chania with connections to...More