The seaside fishing village of Bali has grown into one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in Crete. This Greek gem is conveniently located between Rethymno and Heraklion. Scattered across the hills and nestled at the foot of mountains, the village takes up space around a natural bay with many curves and shallows with its beaches clustered around a gulf on the north coast. The beaches – Livadi, Varkotopos, Mythos, Limani (also known as Harbour Beach) and Karvostasi – are sheltered from the wind, making its calm waters excellent for swimming with a multitude of water sports on offer and unforgettable diving opportunities.
Bali is a colourful mix of tradition and modernity, known for its soul-stirring beauty from the natural environment. Built on the site of the ancient city Astali, Bali is rich in history with the Monastery of Atali situated in the hills of Holy Obedience. This monastery, which dates to the 17th century, is built on multiple levels and featured stables, a mill, bakery, pottery workshop and unique wall paintings.
Every year there are many local traditional festivals in the area, such as the grand fair of the church of Our Lady Harakiani, another place worth visiting. And if you want to get a real taste of Crete you can indulge and enjoy the local delicacies in the tavernas and restaurants.
The old town of Rethymno is just 34 km from Bali, and offers a plethora of things to explore from old architecture tucked away between the old walls and laneways, historical sites like the Monastery of Akardi and natural sights such as mountains, beaches, Zeus Cave, and Nida Plateau.