Balos Beach was one adventure on our “must do” list on our trip to Crete. We arrived in Crete on September 23rd 2019 and early the next morning set out. We were staying at Domes Noruz in Chania and the drive was about an hour and a half away. The Domes Noruz is an amazing place and we left after a bountiful buffet breakfast overlooking the Sea.
Balos Beach is on the far Northwest tip of Chania. The drive was about an hour and a half from our hotel. When you leave the Chania area, drive west on the National Highway until you find the town of Kissamos. From there follow the road to the small village of Kaliviani. Next you will take an unimproved road to the Beach parking lot. If you look you will see signs pointing the way and we had no problem finding the road to the parking lot. Do know that at some point on the road there is a place where they collect a fee for road maintenance. The fee was 1 euro per person.
The Drive In
The dirt road is narrow, steep and at times rocky with hairpin turns and spectacular views. It is a bit harrowing at times but very manageable. I did not feel scared at any point, but it is a road to be taken seriously by driving slow and cautious. Of course, I wasn’t driving so I could enjoy the view. One thing that was different for us is you must be very careful of goats in the road. They are everywhere!! We found ourself in a goat traffic jam a couple of time.
The parking lot is easy to find and since it was early we found a good spot close to the trailhead. There is a trailhead sign and the path is easy to find. Incidentally, on our way out, we noticed the area had become so busy that cars were parked at least a mile down all along the roadside. We arrived about 9:30 am, so make sure you go early!!
Best Place for Views
We noticed a few paths going to the right of the main path up a cliff and because we are curious people we had to check it out. So glad we did! Beautiful views of Balos Beach below and a bit of adventure fun trekking up to get the view and pictures! Amazing how far we could see, the beauty was beyond words. Perfect place for a photo and you will feel like you are on the top of the world! Very windy though!!
The Hike In To Balos Beach
I am going to be honest here, the path down was tougher than I have read about. It is not just a walk on down a hill. I would not advise flip flops. There are lots of uneven steps cut in the rock and the path did have loose rock in places. It was not impossible nor dangerous but just don’t want to make the walk down sound all sunshine and roses. Being older, we took it slow and watched our footing. I can not say we had any problems climbing down, but if someone has hip or knee problems, I would expect it would be a tough time.
The beach was spectacular. There are lounge chairs set up if you want to relax. We choose to wade all through the lagoon. The water felt great after a hot hike down and the sand in our toes was amazing! The lagoon bottom though is uneven and unpredictable. We noticed sudden slick rocks and sharp rocks and then back to sand again. There is a significant drop off in a few places towards the far side. Due to the rocky areas in the lagoon, I wish I had worn my Keen Water Shoes. Actually I hiked down in them but should of kept them on while in the water.
Pink Sand on Balos Beach
The beach itself has beautiful sand that you soak right into as you walk. Some areas have sand that has a lovely pink tint to it.
Hike Back Up
All good things must end so it was time to climb back up to our car. The climb up was not too bad, although some of the steps up were quite a reach for my short little legs but Steve helped by giving me a hand when needed. I would say I felt more sure footed going back up than coming down. It was definitely a good cardiovascular workout on the way up!
Balos Beach is definitely an adventure I would not miss in Crete. It has it all, mountains, scenery, beach, hiking and even goats!!
While planning our trip to Greece, I found the travel guide Top 10 Crete to be very useful. It lists the top 10 of places to go, restaurants, and sites. Then it also lists the top 10 by region and area. I felt it was a great planning tool, plus it came with a pocket size map.
I also bought a National Geographic Map of Crete and this was priceless as we lost our GPS several times. The map is pretty accurate and durable. It really did help us out!
Where We Stayed in Chania, Crete
While in Chania we stayed at the Domes Noruz, a beautiful seaside resort with wonderful amenities. Our room, which overlooked the pool, was comfortable and spacious with a plunge pool and soaking tub. The staff was welcoming. I will write more in a future post on where we stayed and ate during this trip. In the meantime, if you want you can click here for more information on Domes Noruz in Chania.
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You can find my other Crete Adventures by following these links:
Hike to Aforesmenos Lighthouse Sept 2021
Matala, Where the Hippies Roamed, Sept 2021
Hike to Martsalos Beach Sept 2021
A Walk through Old Chania Town September 202
Sea Cave near Chania Sept 2021
Elounda Peninsula All Suites Hotel, Crete, Sept 2019
Spinalonga Island, Elounda, Crete, Sept 2019
Knossos Palace, Crete Sept 2019
Chania Harbor and Gallini Restaurant, Sept 2019
Preveli Beach and Palm Grove, Crete, Greece, Sept 2019
Hike to Seitan Limania Beach, Crete, Greece Sept 2019
Hike to Katholiko Monastery, Crete, Sept 2019
Balos Beach, Crete, Greece Sept 2019
Sunrise over Athens, Sept 2019
3 Days in Milos, Greece, Oct 2019
29 thoughts on “Balos Beach Adventure, Crete, Greece”
Wow! Incredibly beautiful although quite a road to travel to get there. Great post!
Thank you! I was so glad my husband was driving!!
Looks awesome all the way around!
PS love the goats! Haha
I loved the goats too!!! Found them everywhere!!
It was amazing!!
Great post 😊
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I have always wanted to go to Greece, especially Crete. Love the post and the photos. happy traveling.
Thanks!!! It is an amazing place!!!!
Amazing! Epic photos!!
Oh my God I love your hotel! Goats, too. We ran into a lot of sheep (not literally!) in England and Wales. Would love to have that same experience with goats. 🙂
The goats were everywhere!!! We encountered more on our next beach adventure which i will post in the next couple of days!!
Wow, what incredible views! Greece just keeps popping up like a smorgasbord of visual opportunities! My fav was the lone goat, he sure knew where to park himself, lol! 😊
Yes he did!!! It was like he was posing for the shot! I’m going to try to get a post out today of another beach with some more goats that weren’t at all shy!
Ahhhahaha, that should be fun! I do think many animals “sorta” pose, curious to understand who or what is looking at them! Lol! Smile
thanks to your prose and your photos, my list of places to go to keeps getting bigger! 🙂
My list of places to go gets bigger all of the time!
Gooorgeous! The water in Balos Beach is simply stunning! Was it pretty warm as it looks quite shallow.
You know, I am not too surprised that you felt more sure footed on the way up! I always feel like that. Going down is always more dodgy for me.
The water was warmer than expected and it was shallow. There was a spot or two where I was up past my waist but I’m only 5’1!!
Don’t know how I missed it, but I just found your own Balos trip after your kind comments on mine. Great photos, and it makes the place look just as beautiful as we remember it. I didn’t see the pink sand when we were there but I wasn’t looking for it so perhaps I just missed it.
Love the fact the goats were in your photos too!
Thanks! I love Balos!! The pink sans we just happened to come across by looking down at the right time!! Lol. It was past the sun loungers. Very easy to miss!!! I love the goats too!! They were everywhere we went!!
Lovely location. I have been there 6 years ago (early morning in late September) and I was able to enjoy Balos without many visitors.
This post, brought me some nice memories 🙂
Glad you have the great memories! We too went early with few people there! Truly a gem!!