Balos beach road is a spectacular and dangerous road on the western side of Crete at the edge of the peninsula of Gramvousa. It's one of the best coastal drives in the world.
The gravel road to Balos beach is recommended for 4-wheel cars. One way to get to Balos Beach is by car over a (not very good) road. 8 km of dirt road that will lead you to the parking lot over Balos beach-lagoon. You have to drive slowly, and the last part of the route is not suitable for cars. You'll still have to walk a an hour and a half before you're on the beach and back the hike lasts a little longer because you must climb up.
The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The road is dusty and small. Very rocky and narrow in parts, with steep cliffs. No guard rails.
Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. Along the dirt road, you will have the chance to view the sea area of the bay of Kissamos. Although this does not apply to the driver who has to pay the appropriate attention to avoid the stones on the road.
The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time and there are no protections or guard rails along some parts of the route. The road is very steep, bumpy and unpaved the entire stretch once you pass the entrance. But the coastline views along the way are breathtaking! The hillsides are covered in thyme, wildflowers, oregano, wooden beehive boxes, goats and no shortage of dust!
Pic: Иван Лапенков