Set against the dramatic and beautiful backdrop of Mount Kouloukonas, Bali is a hilly series of small holiday villas and hotels that nestle between the coves of Crete’s northern coastline. Originally a fishing village, Bali has transformed in recent years into a popular tourist destination, all while keeping that traditional Greek charm. Bali is the perfect place for young families and couples looking for that relaxing break in the sun.
As there are many sand and shingle bays to explore in Bali, a day or seven at the beach is a must-do activity. Hire out a pedalo or swim around the headlands to explore the sandy coves or climb the hills of Bali to navigate your way around the coastline. Day trips on a catamaran are an ideal way to spend a day out on the ocean especially when you return at sunset.
If you’re without a car, take the resort road train to the main road and venture to the lively town of Rethymnon for a bit of city life. Pick up some souvenirs here or enjoy some sightseeing and explore the historic side of Crete. Alternatively, get out into the countryside and discover the “must see” beauty of Samaria Gorge where you can hike through the valleys of Crete to the beach of Agia Roumeli.
Most of the bars and restaurants are based around the middle bay of Bali where most nights you’ll be lucky enough to enjoy dinner looking over the ocean. Take your pick from fresh seafood menus or fairy-light covered tavernas serving moussaka and then end your evening with a delicious cocktail by the beach. Expect a shot of Raki, Crete’s local liquor, to be brought as the dessert to your meal, although be warned – it’s quite strong!