Destination guide

Laidback luxury in Kissamos

Kissamos strikes a rare balance of local and luxurious. While the town has emerged as one of Crete's most coveted beach resorts, it hasn't lost sight of its fishing village roots. This makes it an ideal destination for sun seekers in search of a laidback Mediterranean getaway. It also ticks the budget box, with some of Crete's most affordable oceanfront condos. As well as gorgeous beaches, Kissamos serves up some of the island's tastiest fare. Save your appetite for a smorgasbord of olives, cheese and syrupy red wine.

Things to do

Admire ancient treasures in Kissamos

Dive into Crete's ancient past at the Archaeological Museum of Kissamos. It's housed in a handsome historic building and is filled with treasures. Inside, you'll find gleaming Hellenistic jewelry, Roman coins, brightly painted mosaics and more. For a change of scene, jump aboard a boat and sail to Gramvousa, an uninhabited island dotted with the ruins of a Venetian fortress. Of course, if R&R is a priority, you can always spend the day basking on the terrace of your Kissamos vacation rental villa.

Activities

Beach hopping in Kissamos

Stay local and you can take your pick of 2 local beaches, both within walking distance of the Old Town. Mavros Molos is fringed by golden sand and colorful beach umbrellas, while pebbly Telonio champions a quieter scene. Kissamos vacation rentals are also a great base for beach hopping around Crete. Head north and you'll hit Balos Beach, a sparkling lagoon fringed by sugar-white sand and turquoise water. If you're snorkeling, keep an eye out for loggerhead sea turtles. Wash down a day in the sun with dinner at a waterfront seafood taverna.

Weather

Sun-drenched summers in Kissamos

Most crowds arrive in the summer, when Crete enjoys clear skies, sultry temperatures and crystal-clear water. The season technically spans from May to September, though Kissamos receives most sun seekers from June to August. Planning a spell in the Mediterranean? With spacious living areas, private pools and stunning ocean views, Kissamos vacation rentals provide an ideal setting for family holidays, group getaways and wedding parties alike. For quiet beaches and a local vibe, consider visiting from October onwards. Crowds taper off and temperatures rarely drop below the 70s.

Natural features

Fiery sunsets in Kissamos

Set on a natural harbor, Kissamos is hemmed in by the Gramvousa and Rodopou peninsulas. It sits on the west coast of Crete, around 20 miles from Chania. You'll find yourself surrounded by a patchwork of rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards. Hop over to the other side of the peninsula and you'll find west-facing beaches, such as Falasarna Bay. At sunset, its fine white sand and glassy water acquire a golden glow. Keep an eye out for playful monk seals, loggerhead sea turtles and Eleonora's falcons soaring overhead.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Kissamos

Fly into Chania (CHQ-Ioannis Daskalogiannis), the closest airport, located 27.5 mi (44.3 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Kastelli Kissamou?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 844 vacation rentals near Kastelli Kissamou. From 453 Villas to 188 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kastelli Kissamou for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kastelli Kissamou?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kastelli Kissamou. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Elafonisi Beach: 434 vacation rentals
  • Balos Beach: 858 vacation rentals
  • Kissamos Stadium: 1,347 vacation rentals
  • Chryssoskalitissa Monastery: 465 vacation rentals
  • Phalasarna: 837 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kastelli Kissamou listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Kastelli Kissamou?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 453 Villas in Kastelli Kissamou. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kastelli Kissamou include:

  • Houses: 188 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 134 rentals available
  • Cottages: 17 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kastelli Kissamou?

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