Balos Beach and Lagoon

  • 5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Beach description

The famous Balos beach is a well-known lagoon found approximately 56km northwest of Chania and 17km northwest of Kissamos, situated between Cape Gramvousa and Cape Tigani below the range of Platiskinos. It is highly photographed and a popular subject for tourist guides in Greece. It was also visited by Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their private yacht many years ago.

Balos is renowned for its striking turquoise waters, picturesque natural scenery, and stunning exotic beauty. During summer, thousands of visitors arrive mostly by ferry from Kissamos port. However, it can be overcrowded, especially in July and August, so it is advisable to visit in the morning before the boats arrive, to enjoy a few hours of isolation in this breathtaking paradise.

The lagoon’s white-pink sandy beaches feature vivid blue and turquoise waters, which are very shallow and warm, ideal for young children. The sand has a lovely pinkish hue in many areas due to millions of crushed shells. The water beyond the lagoon’s rocky boundaries is deeper and colder, perfect for snorkelling. The wider area, including the lagoon, has rare flora and fauna species and is protected under the Natura 2000 program. Eleonora falcons, shags, and cormorants nest in the caves of the area, while the monk seal and the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), which are protected species, also find refuge there.

Balos beach is equipped with sun beds and umbrellas, showers, toilets and a small dressing room located inside a kiosk.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is the best time to visit Balos Beach and Lagoon?

The best time to visit Balos Beach and Lagoon is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.

Is Balos Beach and Lagoon suitable for families with children?

Yes, Balos Beach and Lagoon is suitable for families with children. However, parents should keep an eye on their children as the water can be deep in some areas.

Are there any water sports activities available at Balos Beach and Lagoon?

Yes, visitors can hire kayaks and paddleboats. You can also enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to Balos Beach and Lagoon?

Yes, visitors are allowed to bring their own food and drinks to Balos Beach and Lagoon. However, there are no facilities available for cooking or grilling.

Is there any accommodation available near Balos Beach and Lagoon?

No, there is no accommodation available near Balos Beach and Lagoon. Visitors can stay in nearby towns such as Kissamos or Chania.

What is the water colour of the Balos beach?

The water colour of the Balos beach is turquoise.

What type of sand is found on the Balos beach?

The Balos beach has white sand with a lovely pinkish hue in many areas due to millions of crushed shells.

How deep is the water at the Balos beach?

The water at the Balos Beach and Lagoon is shallow.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Balos beach?

The sea surface at the Balos Beach and Lagoon is usually calm.

Is the Balos beach usually crowded?

Yes, the Balos Beach and Lagoon is a crowded place.

What facilities are available at the Balos Beach and Lagoon?

Food and water are available nearby, and umbrellas and beds are also provided.

How do you get to Balos Beach?

You can get to Balos beach by car or by boat. The boat leaves from the port of Kissamos Port daily.

How much is the boat to Balos Beach? 

The boat to Balos costs around 29€.

Is there any other important information about the Balos Beach and Lagoon?

Yes, the Balos Beach and Lagoon is a seaturtle nesting point.

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