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Kasteli Kissamos west of Chania in Crete

Crete's westernmost town is called Kasteli Kissamos, but is commonly known as Kissamos. Kissamos has more Greek everyday life than any other tourist resort along the coast of Chania. That it is a package resort is hardly noticeable. The Greek everyday life in the town continues as if nothing has happened. Kissamos is a perfect destination for those seeking for a tourist resort where you as a tourist disappear in the crowd.


The seafront promenade in Kissamos. Crete.

The seafront promenade in Kissamos.



That it after all is a tourist resort is noticeable along the seafront promenade lined with tavernas and cafes. There are two beaches, one on each side of the promenade. The beach to the right is really rocky and it is nothing to write home about.

The beach to the left is much better, but cannot be compared with, for example the beach in Agia Marina further west. So if nice beaches are really important to you, you might choose another tourist resort.


Kissamos beach. Crete.

One of two beaches in Kissamos.

Sitting in the square, watching the world go by, is enjoyable. As well as slowly strolling around streets and alleys absorbing the Greek atmosphere. There are cafés and tavernas in the square. My favourite is Taverna Petra. There is also an interesting archaeological museum in the square.


Bus to Kissamos from Chania in Crete.

The square in Kissamos where the bus stops.



An advantage of staying in Kissamos is that it is close to Balos and to Fallasarna, and pretty close to Elafonissi (about 40 km) and to the city of Chania (about 40 km).

From the port of Kissamos it departs excursion boats to Balos, and ferries to the islands of Antikythera and Kythera, as well as to Gythio in Peloponnese and to Piraeus.


There are plenty of accommodation options in Kissamos, most of them are taken up by the package industry, but there are also quite many ordinary pensions and hotels for those who travel independently. I have not stayed overnight in Kissamos so I can not give you any tips, but use the link below and you will find lots of good options.

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The seafront promenade in Kissamos. At the far end is the other beach visible. Crete.

The seafront promenade in Kissamos. At the far end is the other beach visible.


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