For zoom-in, click the image.
If you've been looking at postcards as you wander the shopping districts, you'll likely have seen a photo of Balos. The array of greens and blues as you look down on the beach is unforgettable. Best reached by boat from Kissamos port, Balos is a wild beach on the northwestern peninsula of Crete. Similar in nature to Elafonissi, the beach is connected to an offshore island resulting in shallow lagoons and calm waters.
Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana visited this beach with their private yacht, and once you arrive, you'll see why they stopped by. Beautiful, soft, white sand and impossibly clear turquoise water draw you into this small slice of paradise.
If you are up for a bit of an adventure and don't mind a 25-minute walk down to the beach (and back up), consider driving. This will allow you to set your own timetable and avoid the crowds that arrive on the frequent boats. The road is gravel part of the way and can be a bit rough, although the local government is working on improving the situation.
Become a subscriber
We value your privacy. None of the details supplied will be shared with external parties