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Balos Lagoon

10,150 Reviews

Balos Lagoon

10,150 Reviews
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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket

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Nobody wants to waste vacation time waiting outside an attraction, especially in high temperatures. With this priority-access ticket to the Knossos archaeological site, you can breeze past ticket-purchase lines to explore what was the birthplace of Minoan civilization and according to myth, the seat of King Minos. Prebook your skip-the-line ticket, travel independently to the site, and roam the partially restored relics of Minos’ palace and courtyards independently.
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Ingrid C wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom129 contributions63 helpful votes
About an hour and a half's drive from Chania (half the time was taken by the last few kms of the drive on a stony/gravel track, going very slowly). There is a +/- 20 minute walk from the parking lot downhill to the beach (just remember you will have to hike back up!), and it yields spectacular views of the beach and lagoon. The beach itself has clear waters and is quite shallow, so safe for kids or poor swimmers like me! You are able to hire loungers for 10 euros for a pair. It does get crowded around lunch time - would recommend to get there early, as by the time we left, there was a very long queue of cars parked on the side of the winding road that takes you to the beach parking. Personally, I preferred Elafonissi Beach, but this was nice as well.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Dreamcatcher wrote a review Nov 2020
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Beautiful place, was not crowded in October. We rented sunbeds and umbrella to hide from the sun, which it very strong in Greece
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Date of experience: October 2020
Grit wrote a review Oct 2020
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Pretty from above, walking down all the stairs, well nothing special anymore, expensive torrent a sunbed, no fun at all, an d not pretty anymore.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Mikeybags wrote a review Oct 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom20 contributions37 helpful votes
A beautiful beach and shallow sea area which sparkles and glows when the sun shines. We visited on a boat trip having visited gramvousa first. It was October so late in the season so unfortunately balos was in part cloud for most of the time. The land mass behing balos is mountainous so cloud forms easily. Nonetheless on a beautiful day it should be stunning., my main reservation is the crowds , it was busy in Oct., I imagine in summer it will be mobbed. Dont try to access by car unless you have a good 4wd and be prepared to descend a small mountainside to the beach and an ascent when you leave.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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anchi100 wrote a review Oct 2020
Prague, Czech Republic327 contributions181 helpful votes
I took a cruise to Balos and Gramvusa from Kissamos port. It’s easy to get to Kissamos port from Chania - there is a public bus in the morning leaving just on time to be there before the cruise. The same bus meets the boat in the evening. You can buy bus ticket onboard. I booked online ticket for the cruise but you need to still pay the national park fee, so you would be in the save queue - count with it. The lagoon is incredible ... amazing water and sand... just wow. I saw a ray in the sea which was fun... brings Balos even closer to Bora Bora feel :). In COVID time + October, it was not crowded. Before you go it’s best to check the wind - if there is a strong Western wind - maybe choose another day. I got this tip from a local fisherman - you can check wind up to 7-10 days in advance, so it’s ok for planning. I would love to visit again.
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Date of experience: October 2020