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  • Writer's pictureMargarita Orfanidou

Why Balos is So Unique

Visit Balos by Boat
Visit Balos by boat

Balos, situated on the northwest coast of Crete, is an unparalleled gem in the Mediterranean, celebrated for its exceptional natural beauty. At the heart of its uniqueness lies the breathtaking lagoon—a symphony of blue and turquoise hues merging seamlessly with the lush greenery of the surrounding landscape. This lagoon is a visual marvel, adorned with powdery soft, pinkish sand, a result of finely crushed seashells and coral, adding a surreal touch to the coastal scenery. The blend of the vibrant lagoon and the pinkish sand creates an ethereal atmosphere, making Balos a postcard-worthy paradise.

Beyond its aesthetics, Balos boasts shallow, warm waters, inviting visitors to wade into the lagoon or take a dip in its crystal-clear expanse. The shallowness and clarity of the waters also make Balos ideal for snorkeling, revealing an underwater world teeming with marine life and vibrant reefs. The entire Balos area is a haven for flora and fauna, as it is protected by environmental regulations. The diverse plant life, including endemic species, and the opportunity to spot various bird species contribute to Balos' unique ecological tapestry.

Balos' distinctive character is heightened by its historical significance, notably the Gramvousa Castle perched on a nearby islet. This castle, with its strategic location and panoramic views of Balos and the Gramvousa Peninsula, offers a glimpse into the island's past and adds an intriguing layer to the overall allure of the area. Finally, Balos maintains a sense of remoteness and tranquility, requiring a boat trip or a challenging hike to access. This seclusion allows visitors to revel in the natural beauty and escape the urban clamor, making a visit to Balos an unforgettable experience and a true highlight of Crete.

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