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Bali Holidays

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CurrencyEUR: Euro LanguageGreek Flight Duration4 hours (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +2 hours

Not to be confused with its Indonesian namesake, the Cretan resort of Bali, on the island’s rugged north coast, is a great place for a week or two in the sun. Like many Greek island resorts, Bali started life as a sleepy fishing village. This history can still be seen and felt, but these days Bali is a modern resort with a good choice of beaches, accommodation and places to eat and drink.

Bali Mare
Lisa Mari Hotel
Athina Apartments
Bali Beach Hotel

Great Things to Do

There’s less going on here than in some of Crete’s more famous resorts, but there’s all you need for the perfect relaxing Greek holiday experience.

Relax into the Beach Life

There are five sandy and shingly bays to choose from in Bali. Karavostasi Beach is a great place to hire a sun bed and spend a day under a blue and white umbrella. The beachside tavern staff will bring your drink over so you don’t have to lift a finger! All the beaches have calm waters, making them firm family favourites.

Eat Under The Stars

Bali’s popularity as a family resort means if you want to party all night, you’re better off elsewhere. But if you want to relax over a nice glass of wine and some traditional Greek food, Bali’s excellent choice of tavernas will whet your appetite! And don’t miss Gaia, a speciality shop that sells olive oil and other treats.

Dive Under the Sea

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced underwater explorer, a diving trip with Bali’s Hippocampos Dive Center is a great way to spend a day of your holiday. This isn’t the tropics, so don’t expect a coral reef, but you’ll see plenty of fish and if you’re lucky you might uncover some pretty seahorses.

Get Close to Nature

If you can drag yourself away from the beach, there’s plenty to explore inland. If you’re feeling energetic you can climb Mount Kouloukonas, in whose shadow Bali sits. Otherwise, nearby villages like Zoniana offer caves, ancient ruins and old churches. Attali Monastery is also well worth a visit, even if just for the views!

Getting Around

Many tourists choose to pick up a car from Heraklion airport to make the 50km journey to Bali. Alternatively, you can arrange private transfer online or get a taxi or bus from the airport. Once in Bali, everything is within walking distance, but be aware that the terrain is hilly and not ideal for people with limited mobility. As in all Greek resorts, scooter hire is popular but make sure you wear a helmet.

By Bus

Bali has a cheap and reliable bus service to the towns of Heraklion and Rethymnon. However the bus stop is a 2km walk from the centre of Bali, meaning it’s not the best option in the heat when carrying luggage.

By Car

Car hire is recommend for anyone who wants to explore further afield. The drive from the airport is easy, although roads can be narrow and winding in the more rural areas. Make sure you drive on the right.

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Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to travel to Greece but a valid passport is a must. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Medical and travel insurance are essential for your holiday to Greece. Check your EHIC card is up to date for emergency hospital treatment. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health

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