The island of Gramvousa is associated with the struggle to liberate Crete from the Ottoman occupation. Three thousand revolutionaries used the island as their shelter for 3 years; to solve the problem of food scarcity, they took to piracy. Gramvousa nowadays is an important bird habitat in the Eastern Mediterranean region and is located along one of the bird migration ways in this part of the world. It is the habitat of over 100 bird species and 400 kinds of plants. Built 137m above sea level on this rocky island, it is one of the most impressive castles in Crete and worth the 15 minute hike up the footpath. Appropriate footwear is advisable & a hat in summer.
At the beach you have enough time to swim in the crystal clear waters. The boat then departs for the lagoon of Balos, the journey is approx 20 mins. As the water is very shallow here – a small fishing boat takes you a short distance from the main boat to Balos Beach. The water is warm and the sand has pink coral in parts. The seabed has white sand and makes the water have a shiny jade-like colour.
You will have enough time on the beach to explore, relax and swim.
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