Balos Beach - Lagoon
& Gramvousa Island
in Crete 

Balos beach - lagoon is located on the northwestern corner of Crete, 53 Km from the city of Chania and 15 Km from the town of Kissamos.

Balos is an exotic beach-lagoon formed between the peninsula of Gramvousa   1   and cape Tigani   2  , while further to the north lie two islands, Imeri Gramvousa   3   and Agria Gramvousa   4  .

Balos beach & lagoon as well as the island of Imeri Gramvousa can be reached by cruise ship that departs from the port of Kissamos. Also you have the ability to come here by yourself, driving up to a point and then continuing on foot. 

Balos Beach & Lagoon

"Wonder of nature, exotic scenery, landscape of unparalleled beauty,
blue paradise, gorgeous beach." 

These and many other characterizations tend to ascribe the beauty of this place.


As many ratings as you read, as many nice pictures as you see ... Nothing can make you realize how you will feel when you come to Balos! 

  • When you' ll walk through the serene lagoon or lie in.
  • When you' ll swim in its shallow, crystal, emerald, aquamarine waters. 
  • When you' ll relax on the white sandy beach, pink in some spots because of the crushed shell powder. 
  • When you' ll notice the wild natural beauty of the landscape, the cliffs and slopes rising above your head.

View photos of Balos beach & lagoon.

The Island of Gramvousa

Gramvousa island is a tourist's attraction due to the existence of a Venetian fortress built (in the shape of an isosceles triangle) on the highest part of the island.

Granvousa's fortress has its own long history. It began to be built around 1584 by the Venetians, in the context of a general fortress construction program in Crete, to face the looming expansion of the Turks in the area of Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. 

Over the years, it was conquered by the Turks, liberated, occupied by the British and the French, and dominated again by the Turks.

View photos and learn more about the fortress of Gramvousa as described by Greek archaeologists.

Visit the fortress of Gramvousa and see it from up close. Do the cruise to Gramvousa and Balos beach. It's the only way to get to Gramvousa island!

Cruise to Gramvousa and Balos Beach

On a daily basis during summer, mini-cruises to Gramvousa and Balos beach are conducted from the Kavonissi port of Kissamos.

Three ships depart sequentially at 10:00, 10:15, 10:30 in the morning and return the afternoon at 17:45, 18:00 and 18:00 respectively. Exclusively the months of July and August, another ship departs at 12:30 and returns at 19:30.

The cruise schedule is as follows... 

The ship starts from the harbor cruising northerly through the Gulf of Kissamos and near the cliffs of the peninsula of Gramvousa. 

Don't miss to observe the shoreline in order to see the geological phenomenon of soil raising on western Crete, happened thousands years ago because of an earthquake. The African tectonic plate moved beneath the Eurasian plate, resulting in the lifting. It is scientifically known that this phenomenon is still continuing at a much slower rate. 

Obviously, the cave that you see was far lower, close to the sea level. It was an ancient shipyard, called Tarssanas in Greek.

At the northern corner of the peninsula, the ship passes between the cape Vouxa and the Agria Gramvousa and then turns to take a course towards the Imeri Gramvousa. 

Reaching the ferry dock, you will see on your right a rusted wreck, and by completing 50 minutes of cruising you will make your first stop in Gramvousa island, where you have two hours at your disposal to spend as you wish. 

...Whether climb up to the fort, or enjoy the beach. 

If you choose to climb to the fort, despite the ascent difficulty up to 100 meters height, in about 20 minutes you'll be on top. 

Make sure you do not run out all your time over Gramvousa's fortress. After the ascenting, wandering the fort and descending under the scorching sun, a dip in the sea is more than required. 

Leaving the Gramvousa island, 15 minutes into the deep-blue sea separate you from paradise.

...Balos beach & lagoon.

Reaching Balos, do not wait to get off. Dive from over the ship! And if you're thinking it... Use the ship's waterslide. 

Tours-Cruises to Gramvousa and Balos Beach

No, there are no public buses that go to Balos. If you take the bus from Chania, the closest to Balos you can reach, is the town of Kissamos.

There is a number of organized excursions taking place from almost all Chania resorts on the North coast of Crete. They will pick you up from you hotel and will drop you off back there.

How to get to Balos Beach on Your Own

Another way to go the famous beach-lagoon is by road, driving your own car or your rental car.

Click here to see the road to Balos you' re about to follow, which turns into a dirt road, ending at a vacant lot place where you can park. 

On that point, you' ll be almost over the lagoon. Follow the path, uphill in the beginning, and it will lead you down to Balos beach.

At some point, the beautiful scenery will become visible. Countless photos and videos have been taken from this point. 

You will have the chance to view it on your own eyes. That's an advantage if you're about to go to Balos beach on your own.

View it in the video below.

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