Gramvousa island – Balos lagoon

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Gramvousa island – Balos lagoon

West Crete

We will start our trip to Gramvousa island and Balos beach early in the morning and head to the west of Crete. At a halfway, we will make our first stop in the village of Skaleta, where you will have time to relax, drink some coffee or enjoy your breakfast. Driving on, we will pass by the cities of Rethimno and Chania and after a while arrives at the port of Kissamos. Here we will take a ferry and continue our trip to the island of Gramvousa.

During the cruise, we have a chance to admire a vast cave – most likely an ancient shipyard, sea turtles or monk seals and of course, the dolphins of the area.

After an hour boat trip, we disembark at the island of Gramvousa also known as the “Pirates’ Island”. Here you have time to visit the Venetian castle that prevails on the highest spot of the island, at the top of an extremely sheer cliff. The stunning view from its walls, its grandeur as well as the legend about hidden pirate treasures prompts us to visit it.

Leaving the island we will head for the Blue lagoon of Balos bay, one of the loveliest places in Greece. The view of the lagoon is truly breathtaking. The splendid beach with its white sand, jade-green and turquoise waters, the warm and shallow sea and the wild natural beauty of Balos will surely remind you of some exotic beaches in the Caribbean.

Natural beauty and history are combined in a relaxing day out for all the family to enjoy. Operating from May till October, a visit to Balos lagoon on the wild and beautiful Gramvousa peninsular is a must do thing in Crete. 

This bus trip in such a paradise will definitely stay in our memory forever.

Trip plan

Stop at: Skaleta Stop at: Kissamos Stop at: Balos lagoon


What is included in the price

✔Pick-up from your hotel (at the specific tourist bus stop, outside of the hotel. No more than 800 m)

✔ Short stop at Skaleta

✔ Stop at Kissamos to take the ferry

✔ Lunch and swim at Gramvoussa

✔ Transfer with air-conditioned bus

✔ Insurance

What is not included in the price

✘ Individual expenses.

Cancellation policy

●For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

●This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

●This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Travel tips

- Boat's departure and arrival times, as well as the excursion schedule, might be altered due to weather conditions or traffic at ports

- Comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sun cream and a swimsuit are required.

- Children must be accompanied by an adult

- You are kindly requested to proceed at the meeting points 10 minutes prior to departure time.

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