Kastelli (population 4000) is a small
on the north-west coast of Crete, 40km to the west of
Chania. The town is known by two names, Kastelli and
Kissamos. Kastelli is one of the few remaining towns on
Crete which has not succumbed totally to the annual
invasion of tourists. Its main business is derived from
agriculture; so many tourists find little of interest to
keep them there.
There are no ‘big sights’ in Kastelli. In the town centre
there is a large square, surrounded by the usual shops,
restaurants and bars, in which Cretans play backgammon and
card games. The ambiance is very much reminiscent of the
Crete in old days.
In recent years there have been efforts to improve
Kastelli’s image. A new archeological museum was opened a
few years ago. Entry to it is free, and you can find it on
the main square. The promenade has been modernised, and
may good, cheap restaurants have sprung up along the
Beaches in Kissamos There are two good beaches in
Kastelli, but there are better beaches elsewhere on the
island. Telonio beach, to the east is better than Mavro
Molos to the west (see right picture)
Accomodation in Kissamos : Kastelli has two
campgrounds, one in town, the other 6km out of town. The
in-town campground is quite pretty, and has a big, clean
swimming pool. Most people consider the out-of-town
campsite to be nicer, however. There are a few hotels and
rent-rooms in Kissamos, all of which are quite cheap.
Connections Kissamos: Most tourists come to
Kastelli in order to catch the twice-weekly ferry to the
Peloponnese. This ferry is the shortest route to the
mainland, but is not notably cheaper or quicker than
ferries departing from
Iraklio. There are ten
buses a day between Kastelli and Chania.
Falassarna: Three buses a day go on from Kastelli
to Falassarna on the east coast. This village is popular
with individuals seeking a tranquil retreat with a
stunning landscape and nice beaches. People also visit to
view the remains of the ancient town of Falassarna, which
existed in both Minoan and Roman times. Falassarna is
served by the usual array of tavernas and
accommodation. The locals are friendly with visitors to
their town, who increase in numbers every year.
Platanos: A virtually tourist-free village 5km
above Falassarna. There are a few places which rent rooms
and a couple of tavernas with hearty Cretan fare on offer.
All buses to Falassarna go through Platanos.