It is not known when the Maris Fountain was constructed but it has never ceased running. It is situated in the centre of the town of Kissamos, next to the historic centre and the traditional Skalidis Street. To the east is the Mari manor, the first double-storey building of traditional architecture in Kissamos. The Mari manor is one of the two houses (the second one is the Ksagorari Villa) that hosted all ‘official’ visitors to the town. Typical examples are Prince George and Eleftherios Venizelos.
Right next to Skalidi street in the city center
Ask the locals about the traditional music night that take place during summer in the fountain
The four sycamore trees built around the Fountain, according to testimonies they were cut by the Germans during their occupation to make room for their trucks and bulky vehicles to pass. The Fountain is one of the most beautiful and serene spots of the centre of the town and the visitor can sit and enjoy the quiet and tranquillity of the running water that has been flowing ceaselessly for hundreds of years.
In 1983 there was an archaeological research at the Fountain carried out by the then 28th Inspectorate of Byzantine Antiquities and the Fountain was fully restored under the supervision of Mr. Andrianakis.
THE TOWN OF KISSAMOS The northern western edge of Crete, located between the capes of Gramvousa and Spathas, forms a natural bay. The present-day town of Kissamos is built on its inlet at 38 km west of Chania. It is the second largest town in the prefecture and the administrative centre of the Municipality of Kissamos that comprises the regional communities of Kissamos, Inachorio and Mythimni, following the passing of the Kallikratis bill. This is a modern, autonomous, hospitable and fully organised seaside town with an economy that depends on farm produce, olive oil and wine as well as tourism and commerce. HISTORY With a history spanning centuries, Kissamos – which, even in ancient times, served as port for Polyrrhenia…
The once upon a time commercial center of Kissamos, the old market area that enfolded all the buzz of the town with historic shops and personalities. Every inch of Skalidis Street has a different story to tell.
For many years now Telonio Beach is Kissamos’ meeting point. Along the length of the cobblestone road you can find cafes, traditional and other restaurants, bars and clubs. It starts east and extends almost to the municipal sports ground of Kissamos, about 1Km further east. It is essentially the westernmost part of a huge beach that starts from Kissamos and goes as far as Nopighia, many kilometres to the east.
The Sand Dunes (or Komolithi) is one of the most bizarre and interesting landscapes in Crete. Near the valley of Tyflos River, about 35Km west of Chania, the Sand Dunes are within the administration boundaries of Kissamos.