Often I pass the village of Bali, on my way from Chania to Heraklion, and always, at the height of the village, I enjoy the view over the bay of Bali.
From the former fishing village Bali…
…there is nothing left except a few fishing boats whose owners supply the taverns and restaurants with their catch.
The number of hotels and holiday apartments is greater than that of the houses of the locals, but where it is not so!
Nevertheless, there is a cozy atmosphere in the air, the restaurants at the harbor look really inviting, the sloped position of the houses gives the whole area a stimulus flair. And …. the sea water looks so beautiful and clean from the top, let’s have a swim!
There are a few bays, all of course equipped with loungers and shade givers.
For the more adventurous
The village is located near the old road to Heraklion. From here, a drive to the stalactite caves of Melidoni and Sfendoni, also to the village of Anoghia and to the Nida plateau is not far away. However, one has to rely on a car.
Good public bus connections to both sides, Heraklion or Rethymnon, exist from the national road, and also a daily boat trip with stay in Rethymnon and a swim in a bay is offered from Bali. Also I discovered a “Little Train” in Bali.
A small road from the National Road leads 500 m uphill to the monastery Agios Ioannis Prodromos, it is possible to reach it on foot from Bali.