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Bali Crete Μπαλί is located on the central north coast of the island in between the two capital towns of Rethymnon and Heraklion, part of Rethymnon region. It is 34 km from Rethymnon, 50 km from Heraklion and 100 km from Chania Airport.
Bali Crete - the peninsula juts out away from the coast and faces east, creating a natural bay with many curves and shallows.
Bali Μπαλί has many cove beaches – creating the little inlets of Livadi, Kouskouras, Limani (main harbour of Bali), Varkotopos and Karavostasis. These are all protected by the rocky peninsular and the calm seas are perfect for children; young families find these waters very relaxing.
The steep rocky sides of each cove make for good walking and lovely views over the bay to Mount Kouloukonas (known as the Talean Mountains), part of the Psiloritis Range and the coastline to the east. If you are not planning on steep walking, ensure you book a place close to the water’s edge.
Traditional Cretan food and produce in locally owned store Gaia – proudly run by the Loukakis family who supply their local olive oil and many other beautiful traditional local products such as raki, honey, herbs and essential oils.
Bali Crete - Diving is great in these clear waters and Angelos and Corinne at the Hippocampos Dive Centre on Bali Beach will help you out with introductory dives as well as Scuba courses.
Angelos the dive instructor shows us some beautiful seahorses in the grass beds off Bali...
Inland are wild mountains of Crete, forests and hills to explore, hike or climb Mount Kouloukonas, see Zoniana Cave, and the freshwater spring and village of the same name, also the other inland villages of Perama, Axos, Livadia, Aimonos and perhaps unravel the myth of Talos. The ruins of ancient Axos show the city to which Bali was linked centuries ago, as it was the port for ancient Axos from Minoan times.
Near Angeliana visitors can see handmade natural personal care products such as soaps, herbs, essential oils, and creams made in the Athos Workshop, after a lovely drive in the country you will be welcomed by Manolis and Paraskivi.
Bali Crete - there are plenty of small apartments on each beach of Bali, and handy shops, tavernas and cafes. Remember that Bali beaches sit about 2 km from the national road, if you are travelling on the local bus you will need to take this into account, make sure the bus you catch actually stops in Bali beach not just near it on the main road.
Stone Village – sits 1.1 km inland from the beach and 600 m from the national road, in a leafy, stunning, fresh, green garden, this really is like a beautiful local Cretan village with warmth and friendliness - making it feel like you are being welcomed into a long lost cousin’s village. You may never need to leave the grounds as there is a pool (above) and restaurant and plenty of entertainment for the kids, but the location makes it perfect for the beaches of Bali and also for exploring Crete.
Uphoria Villas – these villas are so stylish and they are 2.3 km from the beaches of Bali. The peace and quiet and their stylish architecture makes them a wonderful choice. They are ideally located for exploring the whole island of Crete, being just 2 km from the national road. A car is recommended if staying here. Despina is a wonderful host.
Villa Sugar is just 1.5 km from Livadi Beach. A beautiful villa, set in an olive grove,
filled with trees and flowers, for those looking for calm,
relaxation and privacy. With a private swimming pool, jacuzzi, comfortable, this is luxurious accommodation. The majestic
views of the Cretan sea and the surrounding landscape create magical
scenery of pure nature. Welcoming 9 guests in 4 bedrooms.
Rethymnon old town is full of surprises amongst its narrow twists and turns. The little harbour is Venetian, as is the fortezza at the top of the knoll, with a beautiful view over the harbours, rooftops and coastline east and west. There are many fine examples of this beautiful architecture dotted around the township, such as the Rimondi Fountain (above). Ottomans also left their mark as the history of Crete unfolds before your eyes whilst wandering the laneways.
With a high standard of luxury accommodation within the old walls, as well as plenty of beachside or budget accommodation options, Rethymnon suits all sorts of travellers. Lively tavernas with traditional music give a local flavour, whilst there are many modern cafe bars and clubs too.
The University of Crete is located just out of town, while the vibrant cultural life hosts many festivals in the city such as the annual Carnival, the Rethymnon Renaissance Festival, Summer Festivals and The Cretan Diet Festival.
The coast to the west and east of town has many beautiful beaches, inland is the Amari Valley with history at every turn.
In the region of Rethymnon, there is just so much to explore:
Take a 9 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.
If you arrive into the airport or port of Heraklion, it is a journey of 53 km to Bali Beach along the national highway.
Getting here by flights, ferries, bus and hire car below:
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