On the northwest coast of Cape Gramvousa, lies the exotic beach-lagoon of Balos.
A quiet beach, opposite the two Gramvousa islands (Wild and Tame), it enjoys warm, turquoise waters and white sands. The last are actually partly composed of minutely crushed sea-shells, which impart a pinkish hue to the very white sand. The water immediately off shore is shallow, but deepens elsewhere.
The beach is a protected area – part of the EC ecological programme Natura 2000. As a result you will not find any amenities beyond a small café for food and drink. Shade, however, can be got on the south side of the beach.