GRAMVOUSA AND BALOS

Blue Lagoon

Gramvousa and Balos


Starting early, heading west and after a short breakfast stop near Rethymnon, driving past Chania, we reach the port of Kissamos. Here we take our boat for approximately a one hour pleasant sail along the coastline. On the way, you can see impressive signs of the geological phenomenon known as land elevation, as Crete has been ‘rising out’ of the sea by 6 to 7 metres on the western side and ‘sinking’ into the sea on the eastern side for more than 2000 years. Arriving in the port of the ex­-pirate island of Gramvousa we hear how, during the Turkish occupation, the residents of the island started looting passing boats thus giving the island its pirate reputation. According to Homer, Gramvousa is the island of Aeolus in ‘Odyssey’. It is a protected biotope and is host to more than 400 plant species and over 100 birds species. It is also home to the Mediterranean seal Monachus Monachus and the sea turtle Caretta Caretta. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Venetian castle on top of a steep rock as this is one of the most impressive castles in Greece.

There is plenty of time for swimming or lunch on board. The spectacular view, the marvellous landscape and the “legend of the pirate’s hidden treasure” is an attraction not to be missed. Our boat then departs for the Blue Lagoon of Balos, a shallow and warm water lagoon which brings to mind similar lagoons in the Caribbean. Here the crystal­ clear, azure coloured sea water in combination with the white sand makes this place unique. Gramvousa is one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world. You will find it difficult to believe that such a place exists! Enjoy a fantastic swim and relax for approximately three hours before boarding for the return sail. An experience to remember for a lifetime !

Highlights
  • Coach excursion
  • Escort on coach from Hersonissos
  • Boat trip
  • Toilets available on the boat
  • Don't forget your beach- and swimwear and snorkling equipment
  • Optional: packed lunch
Points of Interest
Timetable
Price: € 38
Pick up / drop off (from Heraklion till Elounda)
Coach
Gramvousa
Balos

Insurance
Boat Gramvousa
Boat Balos
Tax
Drinks on the boat
Lunch (optional)
Drinks and food on the islands

To pay on the day on the coach to your escort. 

Boat: 19 euro adult, 9.5 euro child
Tax: 1 euro per person

Optional: (to pay in your booking) food basket 7 euro pp

  • 1 basket with pasta or pizza or ..., bread, season fruit and 0.75 l water

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