The famous Balos Lagoon is located approximately 56km northwest of Chania and 17km northwest of Kissamos, formed between the Cape Gramvousa and the small Cape Tigani (means frying pan in Greek due to the form of this cape). The Balos Lagoon is a sandy beach with shallow waters and is famous for its aquamarine waters, the exotic scenery, the view that greets the visitor on his descent through the path but also for the breath-taking wild, natural beauty of the landscape. The lagoon and the wider area, with rare species of flora and fauna, are protected under the Natura 2000 program. Eleonora falcons, shags and cormorants nest in the caves of the area. Moreover, the area is a shelter for the protected monk seal and the sea turtle caretta caretta.