Elafonisi

Visitors are lost for words, when they witness the arresting view of Elafonisi beach. The crystal clear beach waters in this breathtaking place are painted in all the shades of blue, whereas the pink colored sand gives the landscape an exotic view. The beach and surrounding areas are integrated to the Natura 2000 protection network. In order to swim, you will have to walk for a while since the waters are shallow, making them an ideal destination for children.

 

Kedrodasos

Kedrodasos is a fantastic beach located closely to Elafonisi. The beach is filled with Arkefthos trees, which look like cedar trees, and sand hills which bring to mind the tropical beaches of Lebanon to mind.

 

Falasarna

12 km away from Kisamos, you can find the majestic Falasarna, one of the most beautiful beaches of Europe. The turquoise waters, the pink-white sand color and the dreamy sunset offer unforgettable experiences to the visitors. Falasarna is also included to the Natura 2000 act, because of the large variety of local flora and fauna, as well as its local beauty.The organized beach contains umbrellas and beach chairs, while the local cafeterias and cantinas serve the visitors. The place is ideal for sea sports such as windsurfing, and a beach volley court can also be found.

In the northern end of the beach you can find the archaeological site of ancient Falasarna, which used to be one of the greatest harbors of western Crete in the past.

 

 

Balos

Meet one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, the Balos lagoon. The beach is located between the Tigani peninsula and the western end of the Gramvousa cape. The thin pink-white sand, the crystal clear waters and the rugged beauty of the landscape can charm everyone.

 

Gramvousa

Return to the past and discover the pirate island Gramvousa! By taking the ferry from Kisamos port, you will travel to the small island where the rugged beauty of the landscape is accompanied by a huge historical legacy. At a 137 m altitude over the beach lies the Venetian fortress that was later turned into a pirate lair. Apart from the fantastic view and awe brought on by the fortress, visitors can also spend pleasant moments in the deep blue waters of the island. The area is also integrated to the Natura protected region.

 

Samaria Gorge

Meet one of the largest and most beautiful gorges of Europe, the Samaria Gorge. It can be found on the southern side of the Chania county. The gorge begins at Xyloskalo (alt. 1227 m), in the Omalos plateau and ends at the coastal village Agia Roumeli (St. Roumeli). The most famous point is Sideroporta,  3 m wide and a gorge depth that reaches 500 m ! Through the magical route ranging 18 km, you will meet untouched landscapes of exquisite beauty. You will see 450 different species of plants as well as the Cretan goat also known as kri-kri, which is an endemic species in Crete.

 

Kisamos museum

The Archaeological museum of Kisamos is housed in the town’s old Venetian-Turkish Command post. While admiring the archaeological discoveries, the visitors can discover the local history as it unfolds through the centuries.

The ground floor exhibition contains findings of the Minoic and Geometric era, while the local sculptures on display inspire  feelings of admiration to all the visitors.

The first floor is dedicated to the findings located in the town of Kisamos. There you can witness impressive mosaics, amphoras, coins, findings from archaeological landsites, everyday objects and findings from tombs of Falasarna and Polyrrhenia.

 

 

Chrysoskalitissa Monastery

Chrysoskalitissa is an orthodox monastery, the construction of which dates back to the 17th century. The religious monument combines an amazing view of the Libyan Sea with a glorious history. The name “Chrysoskalitissa” translates as the Panagia (Holy Mary) of the golden step. According to legend, during the occupation of the country from the Ottoman Turks, the nuns hid the monastery’s most valued possessions under a staircase to protect them from looting. The golden step, as it was named, gave the monastery its name.

 

Polyrrhenia

Meet the picturesque village of Polyrrhenia. The narrow alleys and stone buildings welcome all visitors. The region is inhabited from the prehistoric years. The sculptured, arched tombs, the roman aqueduct, as well as parts of the walls of the village narrate the history of one of the most important ancient towns of western Crete. The archaeological site also offers a one-of-a-kind view to the Kisamos olive groves and the Cretan Sea.

 

Topolia Gorge – Agia Sophia Cavern

A small but beautiful gorge is located just 13 km from Kisamos. Gaze at the rare endemic plants of the Cretan flora while crossing the Topolia Gorge. The 1500 m route is not particularly difficult to cross. It starts from the Topolia village and ends at Katsomatados. The gorge, according to legend, was said to be inhabited by fairies and the goddess Vitomarti, which was worshipped in the island during the Minoic era.

The visit can be combined with prayer at the Agia Sophia cavern, which is located over the central road. The cavern includes a 20 m tall, 70 m long arch with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The chapel is built on the left side of the cavern and contains the idol of God’s Wisdom, which was transferred from Cretan warriors who went to defend Constantinople by the side of the Last Byzantine Emperor Constantine Palaiologos.