The exotic Balos lagoon in the north west of the prefecture is formed between Tigani cape and the Gramvousa peninsula. Just as you approach it you will think that it is a miracle of nature owing to the unique natural landscape that unfolds in front of you.
The tranquil lagoon has shallow crystal clear, warm water, endless white sand, which in areas is pink, and a canteen for the bare essentials. Access to Balos is either by road, a 1.5 hour drive and a 30 minute walk along a small dirt track, or by boat from Kastelli port in Kissamos (ticket: €25/person over 13, tel. +30 28220 24344, www.gramvousa.com). The trip includes a a stop at the famous fortress (pirate) which is situated on the beach in Gramvousa and is a Natura protected area.