GRAMVOUSA – BALOS
An exquisite excursion is the one to Gramvousa and Balos. Driving to the west of the island, we make our first stop at Skaleta, near Rethymnon, where we have some time for coffee or breakfast. Then we head for Kissamos, where we set out for our trip.
Our stay on the ship until the first destination lasts an hour. The first thing we admire is a cave, most likely an ancient shipyard. We also witness an impressive geological phenomenon; the simultaneous lifting and sinking of the two sides of the island, where its western side rises up to 6 – 9 meters above the sea level.
We disembark at the island of Gramvousa also known as the “pirates’ island”. The broader area of Gramvousa forms one of the most significant hydro-biotopes of the Eastern Mediterranean, since here we can encounter over 100 bird species and 400 plant species. You can admire the famous fortress of Gramvousa built by the Venetians in 1579 high on a rock and if you want, you can climb up to admire the magnificent view. After our exploration of the area, you have plenty of time to enjoy our swim at the gorgeous beach with the wonderful colors or have lunch aboard.
In the early afternoon, we head for the lagoon of Balos, one of the loveliest places in Greece. The view of the lagoon is truly breathtaking and brings us in mind exotic beaches in the Caribbean. These app. 3 hours of solitude in such a paradise will surely be etched in your memory forever!
10:00 Arrival at Kissamos (port)
10:20 Departure to Gramvousa
11:20 Arrival at Gramvousa
13:00 Departure from Gramvousa to Balos
13:30 Arrival to Balos
16:30 Departure from Balos to Kissamos
17:30 Arrival at Kissamos (port)
|STAY GRAMVOUSA:||1½ hour|
17.00 € (ad), 8.50 € (chd)
|Entrance Gramvousa:||1.00 €|
|Lunch (optional):||7.50 €|
|ESSENTIALS:||shoes for the sea, sun protection, hat|