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Review of Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon
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Full-day Tour of Balos and Gramvousa by Boat with Diving
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Kissamos
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed April 26, 2013

It is always a pleasure to visit a place that far exceed your expectations. If you are patient and have a 4x4 or a sturdy car or pickup truck you drive on the dirt road and take the hike down from a spectacular vista point. Only recommended if it is not too hot. Otherwise take the cruise from the laid back Kissamos port. The lagoon is stunting with it clear glassy cerulean water and views are scenic, enchanting and always make you wish that you can come back next year.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Very clean, clear (cristal) water. Have a parasol for sun protection (no trees). No worries about food as the boat has a well equiped restaurant with good prices.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

If you have time, you must go. It is a spectacular beach.
The drive out to the beach is also spectacular. I hear it is easier by boat :-)

Cons: a little too much garbage was floating ashore when I was there. It probably depends on the currents and wind.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This is one of the most amazing place in Greece. You will be amazed by the view. You should choose to go by car and then by foot. You will park your car on the top of the mountain and then you will go by food down the hill. Use treking shoes because the rocks are very sharp. Also, take a small bottle of water with you. The downhill is aproximatelly 20 minutes but the view is like a dream. Also, from above you will have the oportunity to choose the best place for relax and swim. If you don't like this option, take the day cruses from the port but forget about the beautiful view. By car there is a symbolic fee of 1 euro/person because they need it to keep the road open after the winter rain.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

My husband and I embarked on a tour of Crete last summer and were told that we had to visit Balos - no matter what!

After seeing everyone's photos here and reading about the ways to get there we decided to drive from Chania.. The first 50Km - up to the town of Kissamos - are ok (as the road is paved) but what happens after that is a different story..

The distance of the unpaved road which runs from outside of Kissamos to Balos Beach is about 15Km, but it took us about an hour each way as you cannot go any faster than 20Km/h at the most! There were a few times that I thought of just abandoning the task and going back as the road seemed to be getting worse and steeper on every turn..

Anyway! I am glad that we kept on going! There is a small parking when the 'road' stops and you can leave your car there and descend to the beach on foot (another 2Km down). We decided not to go all the way down (we were scared of how to get back uphill - hahahahahahaha), but the views were just breathtaking!

I would do the boat cruise if I could choose next time! The fear that the car's tires would burst because of the sharp stones all over the 'road' was too much for me!

7  Thank Rounel
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