Balos – Gramvousa Island
Visit the most popular destination of Crete in private, enjoy the famous lagoon from parts not accessible by crowds. Balos is one of the most unique beaches in Greece and in the world, as well. It is a protected natural area, a tropical lagoon with white and pink sand with seashells!
This wonderfully remote location is not safe to reach by car. The dirt road is in fact is rough that no car rental companies on the island can let their cars go to Balos. But that does not matter at all – because the most fun way to reach Balos by far is by boat!
The blue shallow waters are crystal clear and warm, making your swim a heavenly experience.
Gramvousa island: Close to Balos, this small uninhabited island, which used to be a hide-out for pirates, offers a beautiful beach and snorkeling area, together with a chance for a visit to the remnants of a Venetian located at the top of the island.
The History of Balos & Gramvousa
The most interesting ruins are on the islet of Imeri Gramvousa. Here, the Venetians built a fort in the late 15th century, in order to defend the island from invasions by the Ottomans. Even when Crete was surrendered to the Ottomans in the treaty of 1669, this fortress – along with the fortresses of Spinalonga and Souda. They protected Venetian trade routes. The fortress was then captured in 1825 by Cretans dressed as Turks during the War of Independence.They held the fortress, but did not manage to spread to the western region of Crete. Isolated, they turned to piracy. The organized island of pirates and their families had a school, and a church Panagia i Kleftrina – dedicated to the wives of the Klephts – in this case, the pirates. In 1828, the pirate ships were destroyed, and the island was controlled by the British.
Choose from our list with yachts your favorite one !
Day Cruise: return the same evening
One-night Short Cruise: spend the night on yacht and return next morning.
One-night Long Cruise: spend the night on yacht, have your swim next morning, eat lunch and return next evening.