Balos beach

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It is more reminiscent of a beach on an exotic island than of a Greek coast. Balos, located on the northern tip of the peninsula of Gramvousa, is essentially a lagoon with white sand fine like powder and shallow waters presenting all shades of blue and green. Until a few decades ago - before the arrival of the excursion boats with tourists and free campers - only the local fishermen knew this bay formed by the prominence of the Tigani Cape. Today, the lagoon and the surrounding area are part of the Natura 2000 network, with rare species of flora and fauna. One can come by car from the village Kalyviani - keeping in mind that one has to drive on a difficult dirt road that also requires, at its end, a walk of about 15 minutes to the beach - or by boat from the port of Kastelli. In case one chooses the latter option, the mini cruise includes an additional short-time stop at the island of Imeri Gramvousa with a formerly impregnable Venetian castle on its top - the Turks only managed to conquer it in 1692 after having bribed the Venetian commander. If, on the other hand, you are not afraid of walking, the striking image of the lagoon from above will reward you.

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