Chania Kissamos Village or Kastelli Kissamou is a small town in West Crete, at the northwest end of the island.
A beautiful town lying 41 km west of Chania town, in one of the most fertile valleys of Crete. Today it counts on 3000 inhabitants most of whom are engaged in agriculture and trade. It is famous for the production of wine.
Kastelli Kissamou (Kissamos) is surrounded by a beautiful landscape with a gorgeous and calm beach that consists of golden soft sand and nice pebbles. The town keeps its authentic character and is built on the ancient city of Kissamos which used to be the commercial centre of western Crete.
Due to this fact, town was always well-protected by the strong fortification walls that Venetians built. Today remains of the castle can still be seen in village. The Venetian fortress called Castello is actually the landmark of town and is built at the top of the settlement. Churches, monasteries and beautiful mansions are also part of the ancient Kissamos which are worth admiring in the town.
Various accommodations of all categories can be found in village as well as camping sites, excellent taverns and traditional cafes. Regular local buses connect this town to Chania town while ferries depart from the port of Kissamos to Gythion, the Peloponnese, and the island of Kythira.
From Kastelli one has access to the interesting archaeological sites of Polyrenia and Falassarna, the impressive gorges of Topolia, the isles Gramvoussa, also called Pirate Isles, the idyllic lagoon of Balos, the wonderful sandy beaches and their crystalline waters, and the numerous enchanting medieval villages.
Often still referred to by its earlier name of Kastelli, lies halfway along Kissamos Bay, 43 kilometres from Chania. On first sight, this village does not look like a town full of fascinating things to do, but the truth is quite otherwise. Don’t forget that the west coast of Crete includes some of the island’s most famous sights, such as Elafonissi, Falassarna and Balos on Cape Gramvoussa.
Kastelli or Kissamos?
The town was called Kastelli because it lies on the site of an old Venetian castle, no longer visible today. The name Kissamos, on the other hand, is much more ancient; it is thought to be pre-Hellenic, but its derivation is uncertain.