The famous lagoon of Balos, located approximately 56km northwest of Chania and 17km northwest of Kissamos, is formed between the Cape Gramvoussa and the small Cape Tigani, below the range of Platiskinos. Balos is surely the most photographed beach in Crete, a very favorite subject of all tourist guides for Greece. Balos is famous for its turquoise waters, its wild natural beauty and the exotic scenery. During the summer, Balos is visited by thousands of people, who arrive mostly by the ferries running from Kissamos port. A good idea is to arrive at Balos in the morning, before the boats arrive from Kissamos. These few hours of remoteness in such a heavenly place will remain etched in your memory forever. The sea is very shallow and warm, ideal for young children. In many places the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, ideal for a snorkeling. The lagoon and the wider area, with rare species of flora and fauna, are protected under the Natura 2000 program. If you're looking for a luxury holiday villa in Chania, there are such options close to the Balos lagoon.