Sfinari perfectly combines mountain and sea view. Along the beach
you will find several restaurants with traditional food, as well
as, many rooms and apartments. The route to Sfinari through steep
mountains with view to the sea will be unforgettable. You will
arrive to this small fishing village after a 17 km ride from
Kissamos with destination to the west (after the village
East of Kissamos, in a 5 km distance are
Kaloudiana, a village of 215 inhabitants in the valley of Tyflos
river. Centre of the namesake community, which includes the
settlements Korfalonas and Kourthiana, Kaloudiana is a small
junction from where the roads, through arboraceous mountain areas,
to the inland of Mithimna Municipality and the southwestern and
western beaches of Crete begin.
Located 7 km south of Kissamos, following the road to
Vulgaro, is the village Potamida, built on the banks of Tyflos
river. It is centre of the namesake community, has 238 residents
and was first mentioned in the census of 1834.
In the village of Potamida found impressivegeological phenomenon
of "Komolithon". Tallmounds of white soil
The village Voulgaro head of the namesake community,is located 9
km southeast of Kissamos and includes the small villages
Dermitziana, Latziana, Makronas, Mouri and Chouloudiana. The name
of the village originates from the Bulgarian troops of Nikiforos
Fokas, who lived in 961 AD. In the village Latsiana, about 2 km
south of Voulgaro, following the road to Mouri, are the ruins of a
three-aisled basilica (the three-aisled basilica has narthex,
atrium and facade) of the 15th century, dedicated to Agia
Located 4 km south of Voulgaro, following rough dirt road, is the
small village Mouri with 116 inhabitants. Just before entering the
village a path leads to the byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos.
Apart from the unusual mural of Agios Nikolaos, the church of
cruciform shape presents the distinctiveness that its vertical,
from north to south, aisle is higher than the main.
Built at an altitude of 280m, the village Kalathenes is 13 km
southeast of Kissamos and 50 km southwest of Chania. It has 290
inhabitants, who are involved in the production of olive oil, wine,
dairy products. In the village, one can find the Rotonda, a
venetian nobleman's mansion, built with original architectural
style in the 16th century. It also has a women's cooperative that
produces traditional hand woven products. From the village you can
go to Topolia by car, 3 km to the east.
In a distance of 22 km south from Kissamos, the village Sirikari
is located , centre of the namesake community, which includes the
settlements Kioliana, Sineniana and Kostogiannides. Built at
an altitude of 500m., Sirikari has 53 residents, while its name is
likely to derive from the byzantine occupation of sirikari, creator
of sirika, namely silk fabrics. From the village begin
mountain trails to Polyrrinia, Vlatos and Kampos, as well as,
to the neighbouring gorge, that has been declared a
It is a green area with gorges and streams.The ride by car to this
point, through luxuriant vegetation, is enough to
convince you of the beauty of the area. This is where the beautiful
Sirikariano canyon , leading to the village of Polirinia
begins, where the namesake ancient city was built.
In Sirikari an amazing forest of tall chestnut trees ,
waterfalls and running streams is formed.
A visit to Sirikari will amaze you, especially, if it is
accompanied by hiking through the beautiful gorge, leading to the
ancient roman city of Polyrinia. The ancient city walls have
survived in relatively good condition at its citadel,
on a high hill with view to the bay of Kissamos. The vegetation in
the canyon and surrounding area is rampant, with many trees and
herbs of Crete to rotate continuously.
Near Sirikari ,at Sineniana in particular, two watermills
exist in excellent condition. Furthermore,it is worth visiting the
church Koimisi tis Theotokou, especially during the festival of
August 15th , where a big feast takes place.
The church is built into the chestnut forest, while you will see
other trees like oaks, cypresses and plane trees. A little furthe,r
there is an abandoned settlement with a wonderful acorn
forest.Also, the byzantine 15th century church of Agioi
Apostoloi, is located there.
Former Kato Palaiokastro, name by which it has been called since
1577, the village Kallergianna is built at an altitude of 100m .
and is located 1.5 km south of Kissamos.A small village of 63
residents, in a fertile valley, Kallergiana is the centre of the
namesake community, which includes Agios Antonios, Vardiana,
Dafni, Kampos and Marediana.
Malathyros, village of 245 inhabitants, is built at an altitude of
315m. Located 16 km southeast of Kissamos and 48 km from
Chania.Centre of the namesake community, used to be a place
of important battles in 1867, thanks to which, the march of
the Turks was intercepted . In the village one can find the
churches of Agia Irini, with well-preserved frescoes,and of Koimisi
tis Theotokou and Astratigos. In a distance of 500m. outside
Malathyros the derelict towers of the namesake
castle are preserved.
Built at an altitude of 210m., the village Rokka has 292
inhabitants and is the centre of the namesake community ,to which
the small village Kera belongs. Old traditional village, Rokka
is l 7 km southeast of Nopigia and is built at the roots of a
steep hill called Troulli. At its top, the ruins of a
byzantine castle, with remains of buildings and tanks, are
preserved. The village's name stems from the name of the
castle (Castel Rocca). At the roots of the hill, inside a cave ,a
small church, dedicated to Agios Antonios, is located.
The mountain village Sasalos has 57 villagers and is the
centre of the namesake community, which includes the
settlements Kountoudiana and Maneriana. Built at an altitude
of 340m. , Sasalos is first mentioned in the census of 1577 and is
located 21 km south-southeast of Kissamos. At the entrance of the
village begins the small canyon Salase, which leads to Tyflos
Centre of the namesake community, which includes Armenochori
and Trialonia, Sfakopigadi village is located 12 km southeast of
Kissamos and is built at an altitude of 280m. ,on the way to
Malathiro. It is first reported in the venetian census of 1577.
Although it has only 24 inhabitants, the village Faleliana is
centre of the namesake community, which includes the settlements
Koleni, Kotsiana and Liridiana ,a total population of 259
people. Built at an altitude of 100m. and surrounded by olive
groves, the village is located 11 km east of Kissamos and is named
after a version of the italian word falegnane, which
The community Chairethiana consists of the namesake village,
which is 7 km. away from Kissamos, built at an altitude of 260m.
and has 134 inhabitants.