Family Experiences

Balos : Fifty shades of blue

June 8, 2018 0 Comments

Balos is maybe one of the most photographed beaches of Greece! I couldn’t wait to take my children and see their expression when they would see these colors. 

I was also looking forward to sharing this experience since I know this place so well, and there is one thing I can say for sure.

No matter how well described, no matter how beautiful pictures you will see, the feeling of being there and receiving the aura of the place is more than divine.

There are two ways to get you to this beautiful paradise and today we are choosing the easy one, which is the boat that takes you from Kissamos on a small cruise with an extra bonus. The islet of Gramvousa where you have the chance to enjoy the beautiful view from the Pirates Castle and swim at the crystal clear tropical waters.

The Castle was built by the Venetians in the Sixteenth Century but during the Cretan revolution, it was used by the local pirates to control the area.

The view from the top the castle is breathtaking, the smell of thyme and oregano are very characteristic and you will see Balos within a distance of two miles.

This will be our next stop. Crystal clear water in all the shades blue, tropical sand, and serenity. The place is big enough if you prefer to get isolated, so wander around and see what feels right for you.

If you choose to go by car till the parking lot, just be prepared for a half hour bumpy ride, followed by a thigh-burning hike down the cliff which is quite pleasant actually especially when the whole scenery starts unfolding before your eyes. To be honest this is my favorite way of visiting because this view needs to be seen and felt. With the kids, I picked the easy way with the Castle bonus.

The best advice I could give if you drive is to go light. You need nothing more than the very basics considering sun protection, water, light food and towel. Don’t carry too much, because it’s quite easy to go down to the beach, but after a long day, you have to return from the same route and trust me, you don’t want to carry a lot or not have enough water.

If you decide to visit Balos in a relaxed organized way, I recommend you to book the boat tour here.

It would also be more than ideal if you would not visit during the high touristic season of July and August. This is what I recommend in general to those who visit Crete and the repeaters do experience a major difference in services, traffic, beach quality, and tranquillity.

I will leave the final word to my little two travel experts whose favorite part of the excursion was “the pink sand with the shells and the goat in the back” and “the pirate whose eyes had the same color with the sea”! I didn’t see a pirate but I can’t doubt the magic effects of the area…if you see him too during your visit give him our best regards! Balos with Kids in Crete

Anastasia Lainaki Zacharopoulou

Greek blogger Anastasia was born and raised in Chania, on the west side of Crete. She is the mother of two young children. Be inspired by Anastasia's local knowledge and join her in her journey around Crete.