Introducing holidays to Bali, Crete for 2018 / 2019
Bali in Crete is ideal for those wanting to enjoy a relaxing 2018/2019 holiday spent soaking up the sun and immersing yourself in the warm local culture. Located on the northern coast of Crete, it’s ideally located for those who want to explore the local area and visit the many nearby towns. So whether you want to lounge on the beach, indulge in delicious Greek favourites like tzatziki and delicious fresh seafood, soak up the history and culture or try hiking and walking in the surrounding hills, you’ll find it all on holidays to Bali, Crete.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 10m
When to go
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The stunning sandy beaches and small secluded coves are the main attractions for those on holiday in Bali, Crete, which boasts some of the loveliest sandy shores in Greece. Dotted along the coastline and sheltered by rocky cliffs you’re bound to find the perfect sunning spot for you. The clear waters of the sea are home to a lively underwater world, making this the ideal location for snorkelling, as well as scuba diving, while hiking and walking over the cliffs are a must for those feeling more active. For the historically inclines the ancient Minoan ruins in Axos will really take you back in time, while the 1635 Attali Monastery and church of Panagia Charakiani are both well worth visiting. The town itself boasts the beautiful whitewashed architecture commonly found in the Greek Islands and is the perfect place to simply stroll, ducking into shops, restaurants and bars as you go.
Wine and Dine
Whether it’s sea views, cosy outdoor courtyards lit by fairy lights and candles or a warm and welcoming traditional taverna there is plenty to choose from on holidays to Bali, Crete. For light snacks there are cafés and beach bars, as well as tavernas that will serve you up a sumptuous feast that will keep you going for hours. The Greeks know their food and are very proud of their traditional dishes, making this the perfect place for foodies wanting to try something new. Go for a mezze and enjoy creamy dips, including favourites like houmous and tzatziki, vegetable, meat and cheese platters with salads and delicious local wines into the bargain. Just make sure you try the seafood, it’s some of the freshest around.
Bali, Crete, is the ideal place for families, with plenty of warm, friendly beaches to choose from, as well as a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Spend days paddling and splashing in the crystal clear waters of the sea with the younger members of your family, or take them on a boat trip and explore the shoreline of Crete from a different angle. Older kids will enjoy water sports in the nearby resorts of Rethymnon and Heraklion, as well as snorkelling and scuba diving trips which are ideal for those who enjoy exploring the incredible underwater world just beneath the surface.
Action and Adventure
Although Bali in Crete is a sleepy town with pretty beaches and whitewashed streets, those wanting to try some action and adventure on their holidays will find activities to try. Get your adrenaline pumping, try something new and explore the stunning surroundings of the town with a mountain safari on quad bikes. Venture into the mountains, see the town and the coastline from a different angle. Alternatively, boat trips are available from Bali, Crete and allow you to explore the different coves and towns nearby. For something different why not head into the seas with scuba diving or snorkelling? The Sfentoni Cave in Zoniana is a fascinating place to visit while explorers ofall ages will appreciate the spooky wonder of going deep into Psiloritis Mountain.
Life's a Beach
There really is a beach for everyone on holidays to Bali in Crete, which is essentially a series of secluded sandy bays around the central Bali Beach. From sandy coves where you won’t find many other people to larger stretches where you can rent loungers and enjoy the nearby cafés and everything in between. All of the beaches are framed by the rocky cliffs of the area, making them ideal for warm and secluded sunbathing and swimming. If you prefer to keep active during your holiday enjoy stunning views over the beaches from a clifftop walk or head out on a scuba diving or snorkelling trip. Alternatively, rent your own boat for the day and explore the beaches from a different angle.
Most of the tavernas and restaurants in Bali, Crete, are open until late and offer a lively atmosphere, with plenty of delicious drinks on offer as well. If you prefer a livelier night Rethymnon is just a 40 minute drive away and boasts beach bars, bars with dancefloors and clubs galore. Here you can party until the early hours or enjoy the friendly bar scene until you’re ready to go back to relaxing Bali. Alternatively, Heraklion is just under an hour away by car in the opposite direction and offers a huge variety of bars, clubs and restaurants just waiting to be explored.
Couples will enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of holidays in Bali, Crete, with plenty of private, secluded beaches to choose from. If you’re feeling more active try walking along the stunning clifftops from where you can enjoy views over the glittering ocean. The Old Port is home to pretty streets perfect for exploring, while there are also two monasteries if you prefer more history. The day spa is the perfect place to simply unwind and let someone else take care of you. Enjoy couples’ massages and treatments or just relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the spa. Activities available include snorkelling and scuba diving and are the ideal way to explore the many varieties of fish and coral hidden in the crystal clear sea.
The Greek Islands are home to some stunning sites and almost every town offers guests a rich and varied history. The locals will be only too happy to tell you all the stories they know, with some interesting tales of the village itself. Wander through the town and soak up the atmosphere, taking in the pretty white washed buildings which have grown from fishing village to small town. Wander through the harbour and watch fishermen bring in the day’s catches, or visit one of Bali’s two monasteries. Here you can enjoy beautiful, intricate paintings and furniture, as well as a peaceful atmosphere. The Attali Monastery also offers stunning views over the town and of the nearby mountains.