Balos is a large lake of sea water located at the north west of Crete at the Gramvoussa peninsula. The place was untouched and known only to very few locals until a couple of decades ago.
When I visited it for the first time I was really impressed with the clear waters and the clean sea. It was still unspoiled, very few cruises, no road access, no place to buy food or water. Since then, everytime I go back I get more and more disapointed. The place is very crowded, it needs to be cleaned up, and the local authorities should understand that the proper development has to be sustainable and preserve the wild breathtaking beauty of this place. Otherwise, tourists will simply stop comming.
For someone that has not seen Gramvousa Balos at its former state, it's certainly worth spending a day. I just hope that the people running the cruises and the local businessmen also read these reviews...
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