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The sea lagoon of Chania and one of the most famous spots on the island!
The famous Mpalos is located at the northern side of Gramvousa Peninsula, at the western part of Hania. Mpalos is in reality a strange geophysical formation consisting of a lagoon like waterfront with pieces of sandy shore connecting it with the small mountain right in front of the beach, named Cape Tigani. The beach has white sand with exotic turquiose and light green waters, making the scenery tropical. The area around Mpalos is a protected Natura 2000 area and is highly recommended for children due to its shallow waters and, also, for snorkeling. Access to the Mpalos is possible through 3 different ways: by car, you will have to drive for 10km (45' minutes) a really rough dirt road and then arrive to the parking area. After that, you will have to walk for about 30' minutes and descend the hill that will lead you to the beach. For trekking lovers, Mpalos can be reached from Kaliviani settlement after about 3 hours walking. The last and easiest way, though, is take the ferry from nearby Kissamos and arrive at Mpalos after having seen the wild scenery and made a small tour to Imeri Granvousa Islet. The ferry costs about 25 euros but it is indeed the best solution if you want to reach the beach. Keep in mind that by car you will need to have a 4x4 vehicle beacuse the road is really bad and will have to pay to the municipality 1 per person for maintenance reasons. Also, descending on foot is easy but when you will want to return to your car, the route under the hot sun and the steep cliff will just take away from you all the pleasure of the beach.



Island: Chania
Location: Gramvousa
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Type

Non-organised beach

Best for
  • Exotic scenery
  • Exceptional geological formation
  • White sand with azul, shallow waters

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