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Introducing holidays to Bali, Crete 

Bali in Crete is essentially a series of small beaches, each in its own cove surrounded by rocky cliffs. This means sheltered sunbathing and swimming, as well as impressive views over the beaches if you feel like walking around the coastline. Hiking and climbing are both popular, as well as diving in the clear blue waters. There are mountains, hills and forests to explore too, so if you love getting outdoors and into nature then this is the holiday for you.

The former fishing village still has a lot of its former character, making it a lovely place to get to know on foot. Despite its historic charm, it’s still a modern and convenient place to stay, with everything you need for a trouble-free holiday. Once you’ve taken in Bali itself, you can take a relaxing boat trip to nearby Rethymnon, Santorini, or the ‘pirate island’ otherwise known as Gramvousa.

Most popular hotels in Bali (Crete)

Bali Beach and Village
Bali Beach and Village
Bali Beach and Village

Bali (Crete), Crete

from £269 pp
Filion Suites Resort & Spa
Filion Suites Resort & Spa
Filion Suites Resort & Spa

Bali (Crete), Crete

from £366 pp
Elpis Studios and Apartments
Elpis Studios and Apartments
Elpis Studios and Apartments

Bali (Crete), Crete

from £168 pp
Lisa Mari
Lisa Mari
Lisa Mari

Bali (Crete), Crete

from £189 pp
Amalia Apartments and Studios
Amalia Apartments and Studios
Amalia Apartments and Studios

Bali (Crete), Crete

from £228 pp
Sunset Hotel Apartments Bali
Sunset Hotel Apartments Bali
Sunset Hotel Apartments Bali

Bali (Crete), Crete

from £233 pp
Bali Star Resort Boutique Hotel
Bali Star Resort Boutique Hotel
Bali Star Resort Boutique Hotel

Bali (Crete), Crete

from £334 pp

At a glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Greek
  • Time Zone: GMT +2
  • Average flight time: 4h 10m

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Top Attractions

There’s something for everyone in Bali, no matter what kind of holiday you prefer, and it’s just as well equipped for families as it is for couples. If you’re looking to be active and get in some exercise, Mount Kouloukonas is great for climbing and hiking. You can also take a route through the countryside around the resort.
 History buffs can look around ancient Axos and its ruins that date back to the Minoan times, and will enjoy the remaining elements of the old fishing village. The harbour has a good selection of bars and traditional restaurants, so you’ll never be stuck for somewhere to eat or drink even if you stick to Bali for your entire trip. If you’re looking to get out on the water and see some more of the islands, you can go to Heraklion and get a boat wherever you like.

For those who want to explore a little more of Greece, the nearby towns of Heraklion and Rethemnon are great for shopping and dining. Getting out to Heraklion and Rethemnon will give you the chance to shop and visit the different cafes and restaurants of a busy town before heading back to the much more laid back resort. For a bit more history once you’ve explored the ruins of Axos, you can visit the Attali Monastery which dates back to 1635, or the church of Panagia Charakiani. Both are big local attractions and are beautiful places to visit while you’re here.

Life’s a Beach

Swimmers will love the multiple beaches and the calm water, while sunbathers are spoilt for choice with all the coves on offer for long, hot days lounging by the sea.The Sfentoni Cave in Zoniana is a fascinating place to visit and you’ll be inspired to learn more about the rocky and rugged landscape. Even kids will appreciate the spooky wonder of going deep into Psiloritis Mountain.

Diving is recommended during your stay, and the Hippocampos Dive Centre on Bali Beach can help with scuba lessons and equipment so you can take advantage of the beautiful calm waters to explore the undersea wildlife.

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