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Location

Driving Directions

  • From Chania airport, follow signs to Chania centre.
  • As you exit the gates of the airport, turn left at the first intersection.
  • Follow this straight road until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout, turn right (follow signs for Chania).
  • At the next roundabout you come to, turn left (going downhill) now following signs to Souda (port of Chania).
  • Continue downhill, passing a large bowling establishment (called “Bowling Mega Place”) on your right hand side.
  • When you come to a set of traffic lights you should see a sign: Left to Souda port and Right to the New National Road.
  • Turn RIGHT towards the New National Road. Pass a petrol station on your right hand side.
  • Take the on-ramp onto the New National Road signed for “Chania and Kissamos”, heading west (NOT heading east towards “Rethymno”).
  • Pass the first exit, signed for “Mourneis and General Hospital of Chania”.
  • Pass the exits marked for “Chania and Omalos”, “Galatas”, “Platanias”.
  • Continue on the New National Road following signs for “Kissamos” and “Kastelli”.
  • Soon you will see a sign marked “Kissamos 20 km”. Pass the exits marked for “Paleochora and Tavronitis”.
  • Pass another sign marked “Kissamos 17km”. Pass the exits marked for “Kolymbari and Spilia”.
  • Pass another sign marked “Kissamos 13km”. Pass the exits for “Kalydonia and Aspra Nera” (this is just after you pass a Shell petrol station).
  • You will then pass an Eco petrol station on your left hand side.
  • Continue on until you pass another Eco petrol station on your right hand side.
  • You will soon enter Kissamos town, continue on the main road through and out of the town, past the small port then a larger port, both on your right hand side.
  • Now look for a sign marked “Kaliviani and Balos”.
  • Take this right turn.
  • After having taken this right turn, immediately turn left (following the sign marked for “Balos Beach”).
  • Follow this road and soon the road will narrow (and you pass a tree on the road, on your right).
  • Continue downhill and onward, and you will see Balos Beach Hotel on your right hand side.
  • Note: Parking is on the road outside Balos Beach hotel and also on an open plot just past the hotel.

Distances

  • Chania centre: 43 km
  • Chania centre bus station: 43 km
  • Chania airport: 53 km
  • Chania (Souda) Port: 45 km
  • Rethymno town and port: 90 km
  • Heraklion centre: 150 km
  • Heraklion port: 150 km
  • Heraklion airport: 150 km
     

Activities in the area

  • Balos lagoon (by car this is about 9km on an un-tarred road however it is a 2km walk from Balos Beach hotel).
  • Visit the well known beach of Falassarna (10 km from Balos Beach, about a 10 minute drive). At this beach you will also find windsurfing, and kite surfing.
  • Visit the lagoon like beach of Elafonisos and stop at the Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa along the way (about a 45 minute drive from Balos Beach hotel).
  • Gramvousa islet (take the ferry from Kissamos port).
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient city of Polyrinia (12 kilometers from Balos Beach Hotel, just 6 kilometers south of Kissamos). Polyrinia is considered to be the oldest city that the Dorians built in Crete (following the Minoan Period).
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum of Kissamos (6 km from Balos Beach Hotel) housed in a Venetian-Turkish monument.
  • Hike the gorge of “Samaria” (busses leave from the bus station of Kissamos with a stop at Chania central bus station).
  • Drive through the gorge of “Therisso”.
  • Hike the Deliana gorge (this unchallenging but rewarding hike takes about two hours in total). You will likely see goats and the Griffon vultures.
  • Scuba diving is available at the beach at Balos Beach hotel – ask at the reception. Booking is via “Aqua Sports” Balos Dive Centre.
  • Snorkelling is possible at the beach at Balos Beach hotel an you can also snorkel at most other beaches in Chania.
  • Gym – you can gym at a local gym in the town of Kastelli – ask at the reception for details (location, charge, appointments etc).
  • Visit the centre of Chania as well as the must-see old Venetian harbor and town (about 43 kilometers from Balos Beach Hotel).

Some of the more popular places there are the Naval Museum, the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Museum, the Archaeological museum, the Turkish mosque (which now functions as an arts exhibit hall), the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, the Jewish Synagogue and Hallidon Street (the most famous street of the old town). For more information, have a look at www.chania.gr and www.xania.net (with several photos) and www.west-crete.com .