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.

BALOS LAGOON

Balos lagoon is a heaven on earth of turquoise waters, pink-tinged white sands and wild, exotic beauty. Located at 17 km northwest of Kissamos, between the Gramvousa Cape and small rocky peninsula of Tigani, which connects with the rest of Crete via a thin strip of land, thus forming the famous Balos lagoon. Its southwest side is open to sea and forms a natural harbour, protected by winds due to the islet of Imeri Gramvousa across from it. On its open side the shore is deeper and rockier at places; a favourite for spearfishermen and scuba divers. The other side of the lagoon is closed to the sea and forms a generally quite shallow lagoon, except for some deeper places…

ELAFONISI BEACH

It takes a few seconds for the visitor arriving at Elafonisi to grasp the majestic, natural masterpiece that is laid out before them. A small peninsula split at its tip by the sea’s waters, resembling a separate island. The setting is tropical and enchanting, triggering an instant sense of marvel. Thin, white and pink tinted sands, cedars, jade crystal-clear waters,…

FALASSARNA BEACH

Falasarna beach is located on the Gramvousa Peninsula, 15 km west of Kissamos. This is one of Greece’s most renowned beaches, listed in the top ten of dreamy European shores and has been awarded in the past as Crete’s finest beach. With a vast, ca. 3 km, coastline that essentially consists of five consecutive beaches divided by rocks or sand dunes, with two of them attracting the largest crowds. The most popular is Pachia Ammos, spanning 1 km in length and of ample width; that is why it never looks crowded no matter how many its visitors. Its waters reflect a transparent turquoise tint, thanks to its thin, light-coloured sand and is fully organised hosting restaurants, cafés and bars, water…

GRAMVOUSA BEACH

Two islets share the name Gramvousa: Agria (=wild) and Imeri (=tame) Gramvousa. Agria Gramvousa is uninhabited, covers an area of 0.825 square km and a challenge to access due to the steep rocks surrounding it. On it, there is nothing but a lighthouse, built in 1874 by the French Lighthouse Company, to avert passing ship accidents. Scores of seagulls and…

DRAPANIAS BEACH

Those visiting the village of Drapanias, 5 km east of Kissamos, will surely enjoy its beach, located between those of Korfalona and Nopigia. More specifically, it lies at the centre of the 2 km long shoreline that starts at Kissamos and stretches all the way to Rodopos Cape. This is a sandy beach of thin pebbles and shallow waters, often with a bit of surge due to the North winds. Tavernas, cafés and rental rooms are to be found all along it, serving its visitors. Its western edge is called Kokkino Metochi.

MAVROS MOLOS BEACH

Kissamos’ main beach, of shallow waters, golden sands and tamarisks. An ideal destination for families with small children, but not only. An ample beach, a popular destination attracting crowds during tourist season that is protected from winds by a waterfront of boulders built on its western part. Along the beach there are cafés, tavernas and accommodation to serve visitor’s needs.…

DAMIALIS BEACH

All over Greece there is a diversity of beaches and natural setting which require some original way to access them. Such is Damialis beach; to access it, visitors have first of all to go at 1.5 km north of Kissamos where the church of Agios Yannis tou Damiali is located and follow the path that starts at its yard, morphs into an underpass that crosses the road and ends up on the beach. Upon arriving they face a small pebbly bay of deep crystal-clear waters and towering rocks, protected from the Northwest winds that sweep the area. An ideal location for those who want to enjoy a peaceful dip as there are hardly any structures bar a few trees, which…

NOPIGIA BEACH

At just 6 km east of Kissamos, next to Drepania beach and where the Rodopos cape begins, lies the seaside village of Nopigia with its namesake beach. This is basically a sandy, shallow shore, with all necessary infrastructure, such as umbrellas, showers, restaurants, hotels and is suitable for a cosy holiday in a serene setting. Walk a bit to the…