Between Heraklion and Rethymnon you will find the touristic resort of Bali and the beach of Varkotopou which has been granted a 'Blue Flag'. Bali offers a child friendly beach with easy access from the highway.
At a distance of about 43km west of Heraklion and 30km east of Rethymno, you will find the famous seaside village of Bali. Bali lies in a large bay which is divided into four smaller bays. You will encounter the second beach, Varkotopos, as you enter the village.
Varkotopos is west facing and is an enclosed bay with a beautiful sandy beach, shallow waters and calm sea. The beach is well-organized and offers all the necessary amenities a family needs. Next to the beach there are a few taverns and cafes. The surrounding area offers numerous accommodation options if you want to stay overnight.
Families should know
- Bali is a very popular destination for both locals and tourists. The beaches are usually crowded, especially during the weekends
- Due to several undersea resources, you might find the sea water in some places to be ‘cooler’
- Sometimes, because of the wind and currents, the beaches of Bali does not seem so clear. Also, sometimes you might find jellyfishes
- Visit: all year
Varkotopos, Bali, Rethymno