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The beautiful town of Kissamos is located 42 km west of Hania and it is the capital of the Kissamos county. Kissamos is surrounded by beautiful landscape and has about 3.000 inhabitants. Kissamos is not a crowdy tourist resort, its development is based mostly in the wine and oil produce, and the agricultural products.
Kissamos is built along a wonderful sandy beach. It is located where the ancient city of Kissamos stood. With Kissamos as a starting point you can visit the archaeological sites of Falassarna and Polyrinia, the Gramvoussa isles (pirate isles), the beautiful Georges of Topolia, Sirikari, the lagoon of Balos, the medieval villages, etc.
100m from the beach "Mavros Molos" in Kasteli Kissamos. B'Class Hotel. There are 39 rooms available which is a total of 90 beds. All rooms are soundproof, have private bath, TV, music, telephone with internet access, air conditioning, hair dryer, safe box, mini bar, and balcony or veranda. The hotel has luxurious reception halls especially designed to also host disabled guests, TV lobby, bar, lovely open-air space with garden, playground, swimming pool with pool-bar and parking.
Nireides faces Elafonissi Island, a naturalistic reserve recently declared protected area by the European Union. It offers accommodation in elegant villas among outdoor pools which overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Villas are divided into 2 levels, including a lounge with fireplace and satellite TV, and a dining area featuring a fully equipped kitchen. Each villa has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and panoramic balconies.
Livadia, Amygdokefali, Kissamos
Located on the slopes of hills, next to the exotic Elafonisi beach, the stone-built Occassus Citadel features a pool with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Guests enjoy lavish terraces and well-maintained gardens. A restaurant, a bar and a mini-market are open throughout the day.
Kaliviani Traditional Rooms
Kaliviani traditional rooms offers 5 spacious rooms, 3 double and 2 triple with their own bathroom, refrigerator, TV set, air conditioning and free wireless internet, while the balconies provide you moments of peace with unobstructed view of the bay of Kissamos. Also on our house we will find a restaurant , bar, playground for children and a great garden. Kaliviani is located near Kissamos and is the ideal starting point to visit the lagoon of Balos, Falassarna and Elafonissi.
Located just 200 metres from sandy Mediterranean beaches on Crete’s west-end, Doma offers apartments featuring balconies overlooking the surrounding gardens and the sea. All units have free Wi-Fi access. All air-conditioned apartments feature kitchens with refrigerator, coffee pot and kitchen ware. The living area has ample sitting space and a TV. Sheets and towels are renewed every 3 days.
Kasteli, Kíssamos, 73400
Near the old traditional port 2km from the town. Great view, nice beach, Entertainment rooms- Bar- Reception and playground for children. The hotel consists of 20 large apartments equipped with:living room (two sofas that turn into beds, bedroom with two separate beds or a double bed, full bathroom (24 hours hot water), small kitchen with refrigerator, air- condition, safe box, telephone, two large verandas overlooking the sea.
Balos Beach Hotel
Balos Beach offers modern, self-catering accommodation in a beautifully rugged, unspoilt corner of Western Crete, overlooking Kissamos Bay, around an hour’s drive from the magnificent town of Chania. With a number of suites, apartments and studios to choose from, Balos Beach Hotel will satisfy your personal requirements. All the units have balconies with sea or mountain views, air conditioning, kitchen and satellite TV.
At Balos Beach you can enjoy a romantic walk around the gardens, spend some time on the private beach, or have a drink and watch the sea and the sky becoming one. The pool area also includes a Jacuzzi and a children’s pool.
In the central building, you will find the breakfast room, the main bar and the TV room.
During your stay make sure you visit some of the best beaches in Crete, including Falassarna and Elafonissi, which are in close proximity.
Hotel Rooms: 53
Gramvoussa Cape, Kissamos
West of Kissamos and north of the beautiful village of Kaliviani, stretches the impressive Gramvoussa peninsula. The peninsula is formed by steep rocks and is covered with thyme and origanum bushes and wild flowers. On the north west side of the peninsula opposite to the island of Gramvoussa is the wonderful beach of Balos (GR: Μπάλος). The beach is covered with fine white sand and is located between the two creeks of the Tigani cape. The same white sand covers the bottom of the sea and grants to the sea an emerald color. In front of the beach is the picturesque island of Gramvoussa and on the back is the Geroskinos mountain (altitude 762 m).
The road from Kaliviani is well paved dirt road, with amazing view to the steep rocky seaside of the east side of the peninsula. The road ends one-two km before the beach, and the visitor can follow a paved road to Balos. North of Balos, at the Korykon cape, are the ruins of the small Roman city of Agnion, with a temple of the God Apollo.
There are small boats, offering daily cruises to Balos and Gramvoussa, departing from Kissamos (Kastelli) during the summertime.
South west Kissamos
Elafonissi is a small islet on the southwest of Crete. It is connected to the beach with a shallow reef (max. depth 1 meter) that allows crossing when the sea is calm. There are only a couple of cantinas on the beach and plenty of places for camping. The place can be accessed by car from the village of Vathi or by boat from Paleohora. There are no permanent inhabitants.
Kissamos, Hania west coast
Falássarna (GR: Φαλάσαρνα)is a quiet resort, with small hotels, apartments and taverns, close to the wonderful sandy beach. There are also many spots for free camping. Falassarna used to be the port of ancient Polyrinia. The peak of the city of Falassarna was during the Hellenistic period and at the time the city had its own coin. Its port was closed and surrounded by walls and it was connected to the sea with a canal.
Gramvoussa island & Fort
Gramvoussa Cape, Kisssamos
Due to its strategic location, Gramvoussa was fortified by the Venetians, who built a well-fortified castle on the top of a steepy rock at an altitude of 137 m. Construction on the castle of Gramvoussa started in 1579 and ended in 1582.
The village of Polyrinia is built on the foot of the hill that ancient Polyrinia used to be. It is a small village located 6.5km away from Kastelli Kissamou, built at an altitude of 300 m. and has approximately 100 permanent residents. Its old name was Apano Paleokastro and was renamed to Polyrinia due to its proximity to the archaeological site. Important sights are: the aqueduct of Andrianos, the temple of the Assumption of the Holly-Mother and an old olive mill.
Polyrinia ancient town
archaeological site in Kissamos
Polyrinia (GR: Πολυρρήνια) was one of the most important cities-states of the Western Crete.It was built amphitheatrically on top of the hill (418 m altitude) with a commanding view of both the Cretan and the Libyan sea, located 49 km from Hania and 6 km from Kissamos . The history of Polyrinia starts in the Minoan period and continues to the present day.
A small village 21km away from Kastelli Kissamou,at 340 m. a.s.l with 57 permanent residents. The village is mentioned by Fr. Barozzi since 1577. A little before the village of Sassalos, starts the gorge of Salasse, a small one which leads to Tyflos river, and is worthy to walk.
Α principal village located at 280m a.sl., on the main road to the southern coast, 47km from Hania and 22km from Kastelli with 370 inhabitants. There are a post Office and police station, workshops, olive press, wheat mill etc. The village lies at the entrance of the gorge of Topolia and 27 km away is the monastery of Chrissoskalitissa.
The gorge is lush with plane-trees, wild olive trees, flowers, and bushes. Its walls are 300m high, and the width in some cases is 5m only. Through the gorge flows the river Tiflos.
A little after the village, there is a well maintained footpath on the mountain side which reaches the Agia Sophia Cave at 285m a.s.l. The cave is of great scientific interest, has a diameter of 70m and it is 20m high. There are marvelous stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes.
At the left end there is a small church with an icon that, as tradition says, came from Constantinople, and has been wedged in a rock. In the cave were discovered many finds from neolithic era.
Two patron feasts are taking place there each year: One on Tuesday after Easter and a second on December 24, when the birth of Jesus is represented.
Vlatos is located at 380m a.s.l., 54 km away from Hania and 18 km from Kastelli Kissamou. It is built in a tree covered valley, with olive trees, chestnut trees and wild vegetation. There are some very nice trekking paths around and in the forest of "Peace" which has been characterized as a natural park.
The "Park of Peace" was founded in 1970 by the Cultural Association of Vlatos with the cooparation of Goethe Institute and the support of the Bavarian Department of Forests.
It is an experimental park with 150 species of plants, covers an area of 1,000,000 sq.m. and is part of an extended area of 20 sq.km. which have been reforested.
Kissamos west coast
The village of Sfinari is blessed with many water sources so it is overwhelmed with trees and flowers. Fresh fish is guaranteed as it abounds in the sea around the village, dolphins are often seen in the sea. To the rocks near the beautiful beach of Sfinari come the seals to give birth to their babes. The village offers many rooms for accommodation and there are taverns in the village and by the beach in the trees that cover the sea side.
The village of Milia
A traditional stone built settlement restored and available for accommodation. Near the forest of Vlatos.
Gonia Monastery & Museum
The monastery of Gonia (GR: Μονή Γωνιάς) or Panagia Odigitria, is located 1 km north of Kolimbari (along the Spatha penninsula) and 24 km from the city of Chania in a wonderful place with a magnificent view to the bay of Hania. It was built in the 17th century, in the Venetian fortress style, and it is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin.
The monastery replaced an older, 13th-century structure, which was located on the territory of an adjacent cemetery.
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