The Cape of Gramvousa is to be found at the northwest corner of Crete: a barren promontory, it leads nonetheless to the exquisite beauty of Balos and the two small islands off shore – the so-called Imeri (Tame) and Agria (Wild) Gramvousa. The first was inhabited, the latter is rather inhospitable: hence their names.
Starting from the town of Kasteli Kisamou, and proceeding west towards the southwest part of Cape Gramvousa, you will find yourself amongst the westernmost of the beaches the Chania prefecture has to offer. The first you come to is Gremna Gramvousa.
Along the coastline north and west of Kasteli Kisamou up to the settlement of Kalyviani, you will meet with some small and deserted coves, but also a splendid rocky beach with clear blue water – ideal for a moment’s relaxation and for camping too.
Imeri Gramvousa, one of two rocky islets off the northwest side of the Cape, lies some two nautical miles from the Balos lagoon. During the summer season boats run daily from Kasteli Kisamou to here – a journey of around an hour. After a stopover of two hours, the boat goes on to Balos, which it reaches after another 15 minutes.
On the northwest coast of Cape Gramvousa, in a bay formed between the lesser capes of Tigani (the Frying pan) and Vouxa (Trypti), lies the sea-lagoon of Balos.