An exquisite excursion is the one to Gramvousa and Balos. Driving to the west of the island, we make our first stop at Skaleta, a small village near Rethimnon, where we have some time for coffee or breakfast. Then we head for Kissamos, where we set out for our trip. The first things we admire is a vast cave –most likely an ancient shipyard-, the sea turtles and the dolphins. 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 with its Venetian castle, which is also known as the “Pirates’ Island”, as it used to be a hiding place for the rebels of the island, where we are instantly blown away by the natural beauty of the place! 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. After our exploration of the area, we have plenty of time to enjoy our swim at the gorgeous beach with the wonderful colors, take a few shots of the famous shipwreck of the island or have lunch aboard (optional).
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 few hours of solitude in such a paradise will surely be etched in our memory for ever.
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