Nestled between the towering Talean Mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, Bali is a tranquil seaside resort located just 30km east of Rethymno and 43km west of Heraklion. Easily accessible via the National Road, this picturesque village is the perfect destination for family and romantic holidays. Bali features four stunning beaches, all of which are sheltered from the winds and feature cool waters thanks to the nearby springs of the Psiloritis Range. The first beach, Livadi, is the longest and most popular, with its shallow waters making it perfect for young children. Just in front of the village centre is the enclosed bay of Varkotopos, with its sand and gravel beach. Further north is the picturesque port of Limani, which is well organized and close to many restaurants and shops. Finally, Karavostasis is the last beach and is the most beautiful of the area.
In addition to its beautiful beaches, Bali is also steeped in history. It was once the port of Axos, where the legendary giant of Crete, Talos, stopped during his journeys. During the Venetian Era, this area was known as Atali and the present name originates from the Turkish era. Bali is now a modern resort with a full range of amenities, including taverns, restaurants, small shops, a diving school, bars, discos, clinic and pharmacy. What’s more, visitors can take advantage of daily excursion boats to Rethymnon, admiring the unique coastline with its beautiful caves and rock formations along the way. Other attractions include the Monastery Atali (1635) and the church of Panagia Charakiani.