The famous lagoon of Balos is located approximately 56 km northwest of Chania and 17 km northwest of Kissamos, formed between the Cape Gramvousa and the small Cape Tigani.
It is famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty, and the beautiful exotic scenery. The lagoon of Balos has white sand and exotic white, vivid blue and turquoise waters. The sea is very shallow and warm, ideal for young children. In many places, the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, ideal for snorkeling. During the summer, Balos is visited by thousands of people, who arrive mostly by the ferries running from Kissamos port.
Balos can be accessed in two ways. The first and easiest way is to take the morning ferry from Kissamos.
If you do not want to come by boat and have a car or motorbike, you can drive in the bad dirt road, starting from Kaliviani and running along the Cape Gramvousa. After 10 km the road stops, just over the lagoon. The panoramic view of Balos and the island of the Imeri Gramvousa is breathtaking. From there, you can walk in the 1 km long path leading to the beach.
You will need 40 minutes until Kissamos port and another 40 minutes with the ferry to get there.
Otherwise, if you prefer to visit Balos by car you will have to drive for about 70 minutes from our villa.