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Balos Lagoon, Kissamos

Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
Balos Lagoon resides on the uninhabited island off the northwestern coast of Crete. The lagoon features warm and shallow waters, making it a popular spot for families with small children. At the height of the tourist season, daily ferries running from the nearby Kissamos port bring hundreds of visitors to the beach. Avoid the crowds by taking your swim early in the morning, before the Kissamos ferries arrive. You can also spend a few solitary moments by exploring the ruins of a small Roman settlement, located just north of the lagoon. The island offers limited tourist facilities, so bring lots of drinking water and a light snack. To visit Balos Lagoon on your holiday in Kissamos, and find out what else Kissamos has to offer, use our Kissamos.
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  • This place has nightmarish parking places. The walk down to beach is alt not nice. Along the bad trail. It could be windy.  more »
  • About an hour and a half's drive from Chania (half the time was taken by the last few kms of the drive on a stony/gravel track, going very slowly). There is a +/- 20 minute walk from the parking lot....  more »
  • Beautiful place, was not crowded in October. We rented sunbeds and umbrella to hide from the sun, which it very strong in Greece  more »
  • What a beautiful place. The was calm and the color of the water was incredible. The walk to the beach takes approx 30min, depending on how many pictures you take. We took many. The walk is very rocky and steep, would not recommend walking it in flip flops. The views are amazing. The road to get there is very rough (8km on an unpaved road, took approx 45min with a small car) but I think it’s worth it. Lots of cute hairy goats. We were here during Christmas and the place to ourselves.
  • One of the most spectacular beaches in Crete.
  • Good place for snorekeling.
  • One of my favorite places in Crete Island. The view is astonishing. The water is clear and crystal blue. You can reach this place by parking your car on top if the hill, walking for around 25 minutes. Or you can reach this place by boat tours that will drop you directly on the beach. Amazing place and view.
  • wonderful.wonderful place.don't care about crowds, obviously others want to enjoy too! great hike to this gem accompanied by lots of goats, emerald blue water, mountain at the back...nice!

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