From Rethymno: Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 12 hours
Per group up to 4
Per group up to 5
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The excursion was wel organised, on the boat was plenty of food and drinks to buy and even a parasol for rent! The parasol you have to ‘fix’ at the beach with big rocks, otherwise the wind will blow it away. At Balos bay we didnt do the hike tour unfortunately, so we missed the view. The impression here was a beautiful lagoon, only far too overcrowded and very warm. Luckily at Gramvoussa we did hike up the stairs, to the fort, it looked harder than it was and were treated with awesome views all around the fort. It looked raw and authentic, no fences to protect you from falling down, so be careful with young children. After the hike a nice refreshing dip in the water and no time left to relax much, but it was ok
The tour was great and Balos was beautiful. The only thing we didn't like was that the apparent soft white sand they promised was filled with rocks and seashells and cigarette stubs of other people. It was also very hard to get into the water because there are slippery rocks every where. It would've been great to get the tip to wear swimming shoes so you don't hurt yourself like I did. But everything was greta
If you love the sea, don't mind a (optional) walk up a hill to see a beautiful fortress with exceptional views and like spending time on the white sands and turquoise waters of Balos Bay this is the trip for you! Forget about the loads of tourists and travel time, 5 hours in total (3 on the bus and 2 on the boat), and enjoy your day. Also.. don't forget your snorkel gear and sunscreen.
The most beautiful beach I've ever seen... The program is well-organized, it takes 12 hours as it is indicated. You can spend around 3 hours on Balos beach and 1,5 hours in Gramvousa island. We didn't go up to the ruins, we chose a beach as well in Gramvousa, because it would be very hard, the temperature was ~35°. The day is fully suggested, you must be there and see yourself.
good trip, lagoon is very nice. boat is very big en crowded, you need cash for the boat payment no card, food on the boat is cheap and decent, bus ride takes about 1,5 hour but is okay