Balos beach is one of Crete’s most famous and beautiful beaches for obvious reasons. After spending 6 weeks on Crete, I finally made it here after much anticipation.
My friend’s brother came for a visit, so we decided to take a road trip around Chania and Rethymno, Crete’s most westerly states. We first visited some beaches in south Rethymno, checked out some mountain villages, and then headed to the city of Chania to check into our hotel at night.
Unfortunately, the hotel reception didn’t answer when we arrived, so we decided to drive to Balos, and sleep in the car. We started driving to Balos, and then hit about 20-30 kms of rough bumpy dirt road. I was half asleep at this point, and we all had no idea if this plan would work out.
When we finally reached Balos, the sign said no camping or overnight stays! Well, it was about 3:00 am and after driving for hours, and making it over the rough terrain, we decided to just sleep there anyway.
I woke up a few hours later, to the sound of billy goats around the car. We freshened up and headed to the beach. The crisp salty beach air in the morning, and being among the first few to arrive at the beach made the discomfort, and risk of sleeping in the car totally worthwhile.
To get to Balos you must descend about 2 kms through a hilly area, then down the rocky stairs to get to the beach. At first, you cannot see the beach –
But after walking about 15 minutes, Balos suddenly appears in all it’s glory. It is truly a magnificent sight!
If you cannot or are uncomfortable walking, there is also an option to take a ferry to the beach. But if you can do it, walk – so you can see Balos from above, which was the most impressive part of this experience.
With an authentic Greek at Balos.
Yoga, of course yoga.
Feeling refreshed after my bath in the salty water. Sleeping in the car can get sweaty…
Many people say Balos is the best beach on Crete, but my friends and I agreed Elafonisi’s pink sandy beach gets our vote. What is your favorite beach in Greece, or anywhere in the world?