Kissamos (Kastelli) is a modern seaside town, 36km east of Chania, and only 5,5 Km from Azure Beach Villas or 1.30′ hours walking from the W3 walking path. It has 3821 permanent residents and its economy is based mainly on agriculture with the renowned olive oil, wine, and raki.
As it is referred above, the city is called Kissamos as well as Kasteli. The name “Kasteli” was given to the city because of the Venetian fortress that once adorned the city, but now it doesn’t exist. The name “Kissamos” is much older and it is considered pre-Greek, but there is not a certain explanation for its origin.
In Kissamos you can experience local life and tradition, from the everyday routine to the special cultural events organized during the summer season. In recent years it has also developed as a region renowned for its alternative, natural and eco-tourism and as such is a magnet for walkers, bird watchers and lovers of nature generally. In the summer months, the heart of the city beats on the promenade, lined by tavernas, cafes and bars which are open from early morning till late at night.
In the central square Stratigou Tzanakaki, is situated the archeological museum of Kissamos. It was is a recently renovated and now is a treasure trove of local archeological finds from the Hellenistic and Roman periods
The port of Kissamos is outside the town, and it is the link between Crete and Peloponnese, joining Chania to Kythira, Githio and Kalamata. There are also daily boat trips to some of the most popular/awarded beaches in the world like Elafonissi, Gramvoussa and Balos Beach.
Kissamos is one of the most touristic places in Crete which can cover almost all the needs of every visitor. We hope that this article has inspired you to visit Kissamos and stay at Azure Beach Villas.