Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon, Kissamos: Hours, Address, Balos Lagoon Reviews: 4.5/5

Balos Lagoon
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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London, UK53 contributions
Jun 2021
We are very cautious about going to over-hyped, touristic beaches but we can confirm that this beach deserves all of the hype. It is an absolute stunner. We would recommend driving and walking down (the walk is about 15-30 minutes depending on the number of photo stops along the way!), rather than taking a boat tour, because you would miss the insane views if you take the boat. The drive to the car park is along an unpaved road so you have to go slowly and carefully. The walk down requires sturdy shoes. The beach itself has some umbrellas and a small cafe (which takes only cash). We would recommend bringing lunch with you. We were here in June so it wasn't too busy and we had a lovely day. Be aware though that at the height of summer, boats drop of loads of tourists so we would recommend coming here in the morning or afternoon if you come during high season. Highly recommended!
Written July 3, 2021
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,204 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Even though the weather was very windy, we decided to take this full day boat excursion and really didn't regret it. You leave by 11am and return by 6pm and spend 2.5 hours on this superb blue lagoon with an amazing scenery. You can rent sun beds and umbrellas on the beach. It is better to buy food and drinks on the boat or before embarking as on site, you won't find anything. Don't forget your camera as you will take the most instagramable pics!
Written October 1, 2021
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Janet J
New York City, NY91 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Balos is beautiful… if you’re prepared. There’s a good hike down to the beach so would recommend tennis shoes, and there’s no real food options so pack ahead. The “taverna” is more like a snack counter, and everything is cash only, including the sun beds. It’s also a long drive into the beach area along a hilly and gravel road, so be prepared to drive slowly and carefully. The beach itself was quite stunning! It’s pretty windy down there and the water is cold, though, so few people were swimming. More appropriate for sunbathing and picnicking. If you’re looking for a lazier time and pink sand (and more of it), would recommend Elafonissi beach. Easier access and we loved that the beaches felt semi-private with the sand dunes and curvy coast line.
Written June 14, 2021
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2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Dirty smelly and overrated beach. Where to start, from a far it looks like in a brochure but the reality is far from it. The road to the beach is horrible as you were travelling in a third world country, when you get there you’ll find sheep and goats on the beach alongside sewage smell as you enter the beach. The left hand side of the water is infested with the sewage smell which spoils the somewhat turquoise water. I say somewhat because as soon as you go in you realise it’s dirty and full of dead algae! You’ll also have to pay €20 for 2x sun beds and an umbrella which is an extortion considering the conditions really and sold by dodgy people which don’t even give you a receipt unless you chase them for one! The canteen on site is small, limited and expensive. Overall I would not recommend to waste your time to go to this beach as you’ll be disappointed for sure, better to visit Elafonisi instead if you’ll like the experience of a tropical beach feeling.
Written August 14, 2021
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Virág F
Chania Town, Greece15 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Balos Lagoon is not easily approchable but definitely worth the experience. We arrived there around 3 pm on a Sunday afternoon. There was a €1 entry fee per person, then a good 8 km drive to reach the car park. We could only park 1.8 km away from the closest parking place and had to walk almost 1 hour to the beach. There is a small, overpiced canteen at the car park and one more down at the beach (€2 a can of coke and €3 a small can of beer).The beach itself was the most beautiful, not too many people by the time we got there. The water was nice, warm and clean. We spent there almost 3 hours, quite a lot of sunbeds and umbrellas were available and no one was asking for rental fee later on the afternoon. You’ll need to walk and climb to reach the beach but it is an amazing place to spend your time and the view is spectacular. Lots of cheeky goats around.
Written August 15, 2021
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Gilching, Germany108 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
The access it is really something to be mentioned and considered. The small gravel road that takes you the place is really hard and sometimes with no protection at all.
And once you park the car, you still have to do down the hill for about 20-25 minutes.
But the reward cone soon! What a water, what a place, what a scenery…! Totally worth it.
But really worth here to share some important hints:
1. Plan to arrive before 09:30, as the parking lot gets quickly full and you don’t want to add another 30 min walk from the road, where the late guys park.
2. Stay in the middle of the two “lakes”. If you arrive by that time, you can pick up the sunshades and chairs quite easily. You pay 10€/day/chair. Super affordable.
3. Bring food. There is only one very simple canteen at the place. And consider you will stay there for at least 4 hours. The place is really amazing to swim and relax.
4. Each adult must pay a 1€ fee before accessing the road, as a preservation fee.
5. Remember that you will need to go uphill….! Save energy and water! It can be really tiring with the sun upon you!

Apart from that, just enjoy!!
Written August 10, 2021
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2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Turned around half way, couldn't risk the car (tyres, suspension and paintwork) on the 8km nightmare track where anything other than a 4x4 with ground clearance and you risk destroying it. Perhaps if you have a rental it doesn't matter as long as it looks fine and you're happy to shake the car to bits. (We didn't read road conditions ahead, I assumed it wouldn't be an issue to a major tourist attraction).
Locals drive along it like it's a Colin McRae track and the winner gets a free set of coils at the end.
I'm sure the beach is stunning but go to Elafonisi instead, it's the better one anyway and has actual roads.
Also they charge you €1pp for the privilege of driving torture. I know Greek roads can be bad but that was just silly.
There's also options to go by boat somehow, so maybe do that instead.
Written August 19, 2020
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Ingrid C
London, UK129 contributions
Sep 2020
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.
Written November 9, 2020
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Liverpool, UK10 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Looked amazing when we got there, waters quite warm and shallow. The journey there on the other hand was stressful. The bus there from chania city centre was very confusing, was supposed to be to Kissamos port but said something else on the front. The bus reached the port at exactly the time the boat was supposed to leave so we had to run to make it. It was 25€ each return ticket which was reasonable considering there was a stop to Granvousa then balos. When we got to balos the sea was so crystal clear and turquoise. Theres a 10 minute walk to the actual lagoon which was very big and although the beach was crowded there was plenty of water so it didn’t feel squashed.
Overall the journey there would be a 2 star but since that had nothing to do with the actual beach i’m giving it 5 stars
Written July 19, 2021
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Richard O
Blackpool, UK53 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Balos is incredible, it is a must see in Crete but getting there isn’t easy but shouldn’t put you off. We hired a 4x4 from Kissamos for €50 which was definitely worth it. The track is rough, full of holes and rocks. If you drive your basic hire cars, you will spend 2 hours of driving panicking about getting a dent that will cost you your deposit!

The hike down is easy, takes about 20 minutes going down, 30-45 mins to get back up (my 3 year old managed both up and down). Don’t be put off by people saying the hike is hard.

The lagoon is stunning, the water is beautiful and warm even in October. Cost €10 for the sun loungers for the day, and €1 for trips the loo.

Definitely worth going early, we have arrived at 11 and the car park was nearly full. However even with a ferry load arriving as we did, the bay was pretty quiet.
Written October 20, 2021
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