Three times and it stills makes a grand impression on me.
T-shirts of a boat and a port crew announce " Spend some time in paradise"!
So it is indeed. Kind of paradise, Cretan lagoon, some say European version of Caribbean sea!
There is nothing else on Crete that could duplicate this place. It just knocks you down with its extreme beauty and rich scale of any shade of blue color.
One day trip on a one of three available boats. It is a high season and we manage to get on the second cruise at 10:40 ( departing at 11:00 according to Greek time, hihi). The first one leaves a harbour at 10:20, the last one is scheduled for 12:30. Tickets for adults cost 25 euro per person +1 euro some kind of tax. Your total will be 26 euros.
It takes us first to Balos where small boats float along the shallow covered with white sand beach.
Plenty of tourists from Russian and Ukraine can make you feel a little bit like you were moved to their village. Sergiey and Tatiana are there!
It's hot and very bright. Wind is getting stronger through those 3 hours we enjoy a paradise.
Then we hop to Gramvousa and its spectacular tower located on the top of very dry, with lots of blooming thyme and agaves mountain. They had a nerve those Venetians to build with heavy stones in the middle of nowhere. How the heck they were climbing this hill every day? It must have been Cretan diet. No kidding, they were people in shape!
It takes approximately, even with small stops, 20 minutes to reach the top! However, it is worth all the effort!
The view compensates your sweat. You are moved into eternity. It is a world where you forget about the rest of it, existing somewhere, daily behind this dark blue horizon and those volcano cliffs.
White yachts are blinking in the blue Gramvousa bay.
After descending, it is a must to dip in the freezeing water. It's so refreshing and cold! A real natural lifting for your mushy from heat body.
Coming back is calm and interesing if you like watching people (discretely, of course). Fever of starting a trip at the beginning of a day faded and there is a peaceful atmosphere on the deck.
Kids are playing games on their parents I-phones. A classy Italian woman (Botticelli face!) reads Virginia's Woolf novel. Baboosha is playing cards with her grandson.
Most passengers tired and drowsy are resting their hands on the wooden tables.
I know I will be back!
A few tips you may implement:
1. Don't drag too much food with you. There is a descent bar on a boat serving just fine meals and any kind of drinks.
2. Get some comfy shoes! You don't really want to climb Gramvousa with your flip-flop sandals! Especially after a fresh pedicure!
3. You may use sweater or something to cover yourself while on your way back. It may turn windy and cool after the whole day you spent on the hot beaches.