A popular tourist resort, Bali is yet ideal for a quiet family holiday. It sits on the side of an ancient town – Astali, which the Venetians later shortened to Atali, before the Turks gave it is present name.
Here you will find amenities such as a doctor and a pharmacy, and many shops. Within the village there operate a great number of hotels, apartments and rooms for rent, restaurants, tavernas (fresh fish and the delights of the Cretan cuisine). In the summer months, a ‘water taxi’ will ferry people too and from Rethymnon.
Bali has five sheltered beaches – all sandy and with greeny-grey crystal waters .. and a small harbour.
For lovers of water-sports, Bali hosts a diving school.
The first beach you encounter on entering Bali is the largest of all. It is well-equipped, and attracts a crowd in the summer.
The second beach lies a little to the east – it, however, has no infrastructure and therefore has less visitors.
The third beach is small and sheltered, with sand and clear waters – recently becoming developed, there are on every side now tavernas that have fresh fish too, as well as hotels and apartments to rent.
By this is the small port, with a tiny each associated: though small it too is reasonably organized and you will find all you need nearby.
The fifth and final strand is the most scenic: organized, with umbrellas and sunbeds, it yet does not boast the same array of amenities that the others can.
When here, remember to pay a call to the Atalis Monastery: built in the 17th century AD, and dedicated to Aghios Ioannis.
Continuing eastwards, the next beach encountered is that of Korakia.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Bali, Milopotamos, Rethymno
- free camping No
- nudism No
- beach type
- accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
- dinning Yes - plenty of choices
- other facilities
There are sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, and many water sports. Also, there is a lifeguard on the beaches in Bali
relevant routes & paths:
Distances: 30 km from Rethymno, 43km from Heraklion.
By car/motorcycle: From Rethymnon drive east, along the National highway. After 29 km turn left off the road, following the signs to Bali. Keep going for another km until you reach the village. From Heraklion drive west, along the National highway. After 42 km turn right, off the road, following the signs to Bali. Keep going for another km until you reach the village.
By Bus: There are services to Bali from Rethymnon and Heraklion. Buses coming from Heraklion do not go into the village, but let passengers off on the highway. The distance from this point north to the village is about 1 km.
By sea: In the summer months, water taxi runs from Rethymnon.