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Balos Beach and Lagoon

  • Balos Beach and Lagoon


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 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. Unfortunately, some canteens and umbrellas have appeared on the beach in recent years, and water can be purchased from their bars and from the ferries.

However, there are some downsides to Balos; the seabed is muddy, and the shallow waters encourage the growth of microorganisms that can cause an unpleasant smell. Lastly, the locals say that rubbish or tar is sometimes transferred to Balos by sea currents.



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?

No, there are no water sports activities available at Balos Beach and Lagoon. However, visitors can 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 beach?

The water colour of the beach is turquoise.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has white sand.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The water at the beach is shallow.

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

The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.

Is the beach usually crowded?

Yes, the beach is a crowded place.

What facilities are available at the beach?

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

What are the different ways to access the beach?

The beach can be accessed by bus services, dirt track, boat, or walking.

Is there any other important information about the beach?

Yes, the beach is a seaturtle nesting point.

Beach facilities

  • Food / water nearby
  • Umbrellas / beds


  • Crowded place

Water depths

  • Shallow

Beach sand type

  • White Sand

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Turquoise


  • Bus services

Other information

  • Seaturtle nesting point

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