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 closest airport and harbour are those of Chania.
Kissamos might be the centre of the municipality, very close by there might be 3 destinations famous the world over (Elafonisos, the Balos Lagoon and Falassarna), yet it remains completely untouched and authentic. The mass tourism that floods Crete every summer is yet to conquer the town of Kissamos which though it has everything (Health Centre, banks, shops, hotels, offices etc), it still keeps the principals of family and Cretan hospitality intact. In the town and villages of Kissamos you will not find touristy meals or inhospitable people. You will find family businesses, people who respect and love the visitor, the newcomer, just a little bit more.
The archaeological Museum of Kissamos belongs to the 25th (KE) Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and it is situated in the namesake seaside little town of western Crete, below which ancient Kissamos is located.
The parish existed since the early centuries of Christianity possibly with a different name, but it took today’s form and name in 1865, when its exquisite church in the names of Transfiguration of Jesus and Saint Spiridon was built anew. On the initiative of the then Βishop Parthenios Bitsakis and with the help of the then local president Mr. Daratsinos and other notables and Christians of the region, and after the permission of the Turkish authorities, today’s church of the parish was built.
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.
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.