Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Road Less Traveled...Beautiful Balos Beach

Balos beach is a must see if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Greek island of Crete.   Balos is located on the northwest tip of Crete, along the Gramvoussa peninsula.  Many travel books and websites discourage driving to Balos, and recommend taking one of the many small boats or ferries to Balos/Gramvoussa instead (departing from Kissamos).   Regardless, the drive is very doable if you are patient and take your time.  The road is very steep, bumpy and unpaved the entire stretch once you pass the entrance.   But he coastline views along the way are breathtaking!!  The hillsides are covered in thyme, wildflowers, oregano, wooden beehive boxes, goats and no shortage of dust!   The drive takes around 30-40 minutes.

The sign above totally lies!!! It is a solid 30-40 minute walk and it is not for the faint of heart or anyone with an injury or medical condition.  

The view you have while hiking is awesome!!  The lagoon is visible for about half of the hike and will beg you to take its picture time and time again as you walk.

Umbrellas and two chairs are 7 euros for the day.  There is a snack bar and taverna on the beach but nothing else.   The big ferries arrive mid afternoon and the crowds descend like herds of cattle.   If you drive, you have the luxury of enjoying the beach for hours without anyone else around - fabulous!

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