Balos – Gramvousa: the famous lagoon of Balos is situated in the northwest part of Crete, 56km northwest of Chania and 17 km northwest of Kissamos. It is formed between the cape of Gramvousa and the small cape Tigani. It is undoubtedly the most photographed beach of Crete, famous for its turquoise waters, its natural wild beauty, and its gorgeous exotic scenery. The lagoon of Balos has white sand and exotic white, blue, and turquoise waters. The sea is very shallow and warm, ideal for small children. At some parts the sand has a pink colour due to the millions crushed shells. Behind the rocks, in the borders of the lagoon, the sea is deeper and the water is colder, ideal for exploration with mask. The wider area of Balos and Gramvousa has rare species of flora and fauna, and it is protected by the programme “Natura 2000”. Mavropetrites(a species of hawk), falakrokorakes and cormorants nestle in the caves of the area. In addition, the place is shelter for the Mediterranean seal and the sea turtle Careta-Careta.