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The spectacular seaside village of Bali known for its beautiful natural landscape and gorgeous sandy beaches is located centrally on the northern coast of Crete, just 30 km east of Rethymno and 50 km west of Heraklion. Although a great distance from the main international airport, this beautiful destination can be easily accessed by renting a car with Olympic Rent a Car Crete. Over the last decades, Bali has become a very popular holiday destination in Crete for thousands of tourists from around the world. As infrastructure developed in the area to accommodate the growth in tourism, Bali was still able to maintain its original Cretan charm as it was once a small fishing village. Truth be told that when you arrive at this charming seaside village the natural beauty of Bali will captivate you and allure you to visit time and time again. Bali is found nestled in the glorious mountains that overlook a lovely natural bay with a series of golden sanded coves that are strung along the rugged indented shore. A beautiful destination in Crete that combines the sun, sea, sand, and mountains while also providing a relaxing atmosphere to its visitors. Explore the pristine beaches, discover the secret hidden coves, taste the delicious Cretan cuisine, and take pleasure in the warm heartfelt hospitality provided by its citizens as you drive your Bali car rental. It will be an experience that you will definitely want to repeat!
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In antiquity, Bali is known to have been built on the ancient settlement of Astali which served as a port for the ancient city of Axos. Unfortunately, there are no traces of this ancient port city currently in Bali. However, a short trip to the ancient city of Axos where the ruins and remains are still visible today will show how the city to which Bali was linked centuries ago served the daily port needs of ancient Axos that began from the Minoan times. Throughout the centuries Bali also played a significant role in Cretan history. The bay and port of Bali were used to supply the Cretan rebels with ammunition and a place where they gathered to communicate their plans to liberate Crete and Greece as a whole from the Ottoman Empire that had ruled for hundreds of years. There are also many myths and legends associated with Bali. According to Greek mythology Talos, the legendary giant of Crete, a self-operating machine made of bronze was created to protect Europa, the mother of King Minos from pirates and invaders by circling the shore. It was here in Bali that Talos would stop and rest during his journey, for this reason, the mountains south of the village are named the Talean Mountains. Another legend reveals that the Talean Mountains are a gift from the Greek God Zeus to the Cretans to bless the area with glorious mountains above the natural bay.
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Upon your arrival at the gorgeous seaside village with your rent a car in Bali you will witness stunning views of the natural bay and the surrounding high rugged mountains. Small islets are scattered along the coast providing shelter to the sandy coved beaches as the crystalline calm sea waters brush the shore. Several natural springs that stem from Psiloritis Mountain pour fresh water out of the rugged cliffs into the sea below. In turn, the rocky peninsulas separate the coastline into four independent pristine beaches some busy and others secluded that can all be enjoyed by everyone who visits them. Livadi Beach is the longest beach in the region formed in an open bay that is very well organized and always crowded. Varkotopos Beach is also very well organized and busy, located in front of the village center offering all the necessary amenities, a sandy beach, and shallow sea waters. Next to the picturesque harbor of Bali is the clean and organized beach known as Limani Beach which is in close proximity to restaurants and shops. Finally, Karavostasi Beach, although it is much smaller than the others is the most beautiful beach in the area with soft golden sand and calm green-blue sea waters. Be sure to also visit with your Bali rental car the charming village and picturesque harbor. Journey through the cobblestone streets of the village filled with intoxicating scents of bougainvillea trees in full bloom. Traditional Cretan houses with secret courtyards and vine tree pergolas surround the area as you reach the main square lined with rustic taverns, local kafeneia, and little shops. Further down you will reach the picturesque harbor where small colorful fishing boats are anchored and local fishermen collect their daily catch. Many seafood restaurants and fish taverns surround the harbor providing beautiful views of the sea and mountains as you indulge in your fresh and tasty meal. From the harbor, excursion boats run daily to Rethymno and the nearby beaches that are only accessible from the sea. Passengers onboard have a chance to admire a unique coastline composed of beautiful caves and rock formations as they make their way to the final destination. Another site not to be missed is the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos also known as John the Baptist which is hidden in the hills above the village. The monastery dates back to 1635 composed of old decorated marble fountains and a beautiful quiet garden filled with trees and flowers. Stunning panoramic views of the village can also be enjoyed while you are here. A little further you will come across the church of Panagia Charakiani, legend has it that a Shepard found the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a gaping rock, later a church was built in her honor where the holy icon still resides to this day. Enjoy an authentic Cretan island experience as you visit this beautiful seaside village with your Bali rent a car in Crete.
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