Discover Kissamos through the new official tourist guide prepared by the Municipality of Kissamos. We record and cover the countless beauties of our land, the tradition, the culture, the products, our sea and the sky and we present them to you in this guide which will be constantly updated and enriched.
The Municipality of Kissamos is a municipality in the administrative unit of Crete that was formed under the Kallikratis Plan. It is the result of merging the pre-existing municipalities of Kissamos, Inachorio and Methymna. The new municipality is 334.18sqKm and the population is 10.790 according to the 2011 census. Kissamos was defined as the base of the new municipality. Characteristic of the area are the two peninsulas, Gramvoussa and Rodopos, off the northern coast that form the bay of Kissamos.
Kissamos offers an enormous variety of beaches and seashores, some unknown to most people and others prizewinning and famous. Who doesn’t know or hasn’t dreamt of magical Falassarna, the exotic Balos Lagoon or the unique island of Elafonisos? Scenery of singular beauty, and pink sand that takes your breath away. All of them characteristic of Kissamos. Discover a small part of our Municipality, our beaches.
Kissamos has a long history, folklore and beautiful places worth visiting to admire. The Maris Fountain, the archaeological museum of Kissamos, the historic Skalidis street once the commercial centre of Kissamos, the Telonio Beach, are just some of the attractions and the places worth visiting at the centre of the town of Kissamos. Of course, Kissamos has an everlasting treasure…
Kissamos is full of short and long routes you can hike on during your stay. The area is also crossed by the European path E4. E4 is a European long-distance path operated by the European Ramblers Association (E.W.V.). The part of the path that runs within the Greek territory has been designed and signposted by the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering and climbing. The path starts from the Pyrenees, it crosses the entire mountain range of the Alpes and it arrives at Florina where the Greek part of it starts. It crosses the whole of Greece down to Gythio and continues to Kissamos. From Kissamos starts the new part of E4 that goes down to Elafonisos and crosses all of Crete,…
The town of Kissamos is essentially the centre of the Municipality of Kissamos, flanked by two promontories and situated between the sea and the mountains. Enfolded in the Kissamos Bay, it is the base for expeditions and easy access to the more central locations of the Municipality of Chania. The town of Kissamos does not have an airport and the…
The history of Kissamos is rich and the archaeological sightseeing is just as rich. The history is lost in the depths of centuries and intertwines with mythology and the history of Chania and the rest of Crete. Within the boundaries of the Municipality, there are tell-tale signs of Neolithic habitation, and 5.7 million years old prints of a human ascendant were discovered recently. Let’s discover together the archaeological sites of Kissamos.
The contribution of the church and the faith of the people were the main components in shaping history and they still hold strong in Kissamos’ everyday life.
The region of Gramvousa with the Balos Lagoon is one of the most exotic destinations in Crete. The famous lagoon is located 56Km northwest of Chania and 17Km northwest of Kissamos. If you want to visit this region of such unique beauty, Kissamos is the ideal place to stay. The Balos Lagoon is a sandy beach with shallow waters formed between the Peninsula of Gramvousa and the Tigani Peninsula. Balos 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.
Crystal waters, golden sand,endless beach…a blessed place to be. Falassarna is located 59 kilometers west of Chania and 12 kilometers west of Kissamos. Falassarna is now one of the most famous destinations in Crete, both for its beaches and for ecological interest. Falassarna is part of the Natura 2000 network, both due to its variety of flora and fauna and as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Falassarna beach has been voted the most beautiful beach of Crete and is rated as one of the 10 best beaches in all of Europe.
No matter what you hear about blue waters, pink and white sand, the enchanting scenery of Crete, about clear waters and exotic colours, it will not even begin to describe what you will actually face when you come to the beach of Elafonisi in Kissamos. The water of the sea is of every hue of blue. In several spots where the wave breaks the sand has a special pink hue, a unique characteristic of this unusual beach.