KISSAMOS / KASTELLI

 

Kissamos / Kastelli 

 

Kastelli is a city with approx 11 000 inhabitants and is the "main city" of the region and got its name after the old Venetian Castle that was there. Nowadays we call the city for Kissamos and most of the Cretan visitors is passing by it on the way to Falassarna Beach or to the harbour where the cruise for Balos/Gramvousa leaves daily. You can also find the ferrie boat to Antikithira and Kithira from Kissamos Harbour.

Kissamos has a smaller nice area at the beach where tavernas and cafees where we can recommend you to visit. It is to mention that close  by you can find The Archeological Museum, visit it if you have the oppotrtunity.

 

Find bellow our activities nearby Kissamos

 

Ferry tickets to Balos Beach 25 EUR

The ship departs everyday from the port of Kissamos for Gramvousa and Balos lagoon. Departure time 10.40 - returns to port at 17.45 and 12.30 - returns at 19.30. Buy your ticket here! TIMETABLE&n...
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Village Life & Cretan Cookery Lession

AUTHENTIC CRETE - countryside and cooking! A unique guided tour with wonderful scenery as well as a real insight into traditional Cretan life and an opportunity to try your hand at Cretan cookery. It begins with a visit to a typical village house where a Cretan welcome awaits you with tales of Cretan past, present and tradition. DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Village Life & Cretan Cookery Lession There is an optional small walk through pretty countryside to the local cafenion where you will have the opportunity to pick local produce to use in your cookery lesson. Whilst you wait for your traditional cretan lunch to cook, you can have a relaxing drink and enjoy the panoramic views from the cafenion veranda. The day ends with you enjoying your lunch Cretan style! A true taste of Crete!

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E-bike Tour: Traditional Villages of Kissamos

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - 1/2 DAY Join Fiona and Manu at their "off-the-beaten-track" guided E-bike tour. Together with them you will discover the secluded corners of Crete, away from the crowds and near the sun, sea and natural beauty.  Details of your trip An E-bike ride to the historical villages inland of Kissamos. Good for those who love to explore traditional history on quiet roads and gentle hills. After the pick up from your accommodation, you will set off from Kissamos on quiet roads and venture inland among olive groves and gentle valleys. Together with the group you climb steadily and see the local farmed landscape. The guide direct you to the village of Rokka, the site of an old town on an impressive huge rock overlooking a gorge. Here you park the bikes and explore the alleys and site on foot. Alternatively, the ride will go through country backroads to the village of Polyrrinia. This was a strong town in antiquity, easily understood when you see its position perched on top of a commanding hill. Their we park the bikes and explore the narrow alleys and the historical ruins of aqueducts and rock cut houses. Cycling time: 2 hours (3½ hours Long tour) Distance cycling: 27Km (46 Km Long tour) Elevation gain: 560m (870m Long tour) Total time: 3 hours (5 hours Long tour) Difficulty: easy Road: 100% paved Notice! To be able to pedal gently for 2-3 hours.

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Sea Kayak along the peninsula West Cost

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - 1/2 DAY. Discover the peninsula of Rodopo in West Crete on a  sit-on-top kayak. You will go exploring along one of the fingers in West Crete, to find remote coves, navigate through shallow rocks, admire the rugged landscape, be awed by the vertical cliffs, jump in to relax with a snorkel.  Details of your trip After your pick up from your accommodation the transfer takes you to Afrata or Ravdoucha, depending on the wind. From here you launch off and will be introduced of the kayak from Manu or Fiona.  You will then navigate around the shallow reef and go along the coast on Kayak sit-on-tops. An adventure on the edge between the elements, where sea, sky and land all meet. Kayaking time: 2 hours Total time: 4 hours Kayak Distance: < 10Km Difficulty: for everyone This activity is weather dependent. We have two options for starting points, on either side of the peninsula, chosen depending on the winds. Notice! You need to be able to paddle for  a couple of hours

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Kayaking in Falassarna

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - 1/2 DAY. Join up for an accessible sea adventure in turquoise water! A short, wonderful sea kayak excursion in West Crete. We paddle to Limpet island, just off Falasarna beach. Then we visit the shallow sunken Allied ship.  Details of your trip We set off from Kissamos and drive 20 minutes over to the West coast. We launch from the pink sands of Falasarna beach. Alternatively, we meet directly in Falasarna so you can hang out on the beach afterwards.We paddle across the bay with turquoise waters to the small off-shore Limpet island. We navigate around the shallow reef and go along the island. We get back to the main island to discover the secret of an Allied WWII transport ship sunk in shallow waters. We make our way back to shore over extensive seagrass meadows. We take advantage of the sit-on-tops and jump in the blue element. We don our masks and snorkels and we take a closer look at the shallow reefs, the shipwreck, the seagrass meadows and the sea life in it. We land back in Falasarna beach, on the soft pink-sand shores and snack in the shade of the tamarisk trees. We can also enjoy a drink at the cafe with an overview of the bay. Kayaking time: 1-2 hours Total time: 4 hours Kayak Distance: 4-7Km Difficulty: for everyone Notice! You need to be able to paddle for 1-2 hours.

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POLYRINIA & SIRIKARI - 25 EUR

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - 1/2 DAY. A guided walk into a secluded gorge. Walk along the natural gorge valley, admiring the vertical cliffs dotted with caves and spot griffon vultures flying overhead. Mediterranean flora and fauna, in a spectacular setting.  Details of your trip We meet in Kissamos and provide transport to the start point of a nearby gorge. The path through the gorge is accessible for most walkers. As we walk we’ll explain a little about the history of the area and point out interesting things in the gorge & surrounding area. Aromatic herbs like thyme and sage grow all year round, filling the air with their scents. Goats roam free in the gorge and if we are lucky we might catch sight of the majestic griffon vultures who live & nest in the high cliffs. To pass through the whole gorge needs about 2.5 hours, and the same to return, but we can also do a shorter route, walking part of the way into the gorge and turning back. When we have finished walking, we’ll return to Kissamos by car. Notice! To be able to walk for approx. 2 hours on rocky terrain.

BE AN ARCHAEOLOGIST FOR A DAY! ONLY FOR Kids 40 EUR/ PARENTS FREE

FOR CHILDREN - 1/2 DAY Play-Dig-Learn! Let’s help prehistory come to life for children! We have constructed an archaeological pit for children to learn the purpose of archaeology and have a great time too!  Dig the interiors of a minoan house! Lillipopite Archaeologist We pick you up (afternoon time) from your accommodation and transfer you to the archaeological pit, which is based on real-life archaeological excavations from the Minoan time period. When a group of children comes to dig with us, we take the time to help them understand what an archaeologist does and how he or she works. We teach archaeological techniques and explain why excavating is done in a specific way. As they dig, we supervise their progress, helping them to understand each step’s purpose. Using a combination of Minoan artifacts and fossils buried in the soil, we help our junior archaeologists reconstruct history. Note: Parents must join and it’s for free.

Hike & Kayak Adventure - 2 Days

Join Manu and Fiona on this exciting Hike & Kayak Mini Samaria Adventure - 2 Days. Truly experience the wonders of nature in this human powered 2 day exploration of Samaria National Park, the White Mountains and the Cretan South.  Kayak along rugged coastlines, and hike the longest gorge in Europe, enjoying stunning views, spectacular nature and local wildlife. This is for you who is pretty fit and able to do 15km on the kayak first day and walking Samaria the next day. DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Day 1: Sea Kayak - Rugged Southern Coastlines   Welcome meeting and briefing in the traditional town of Kissamos, followed by a car transfer to Sougia, on the South coast. See the stunning southern coastline from a different perspective, as you kayak with a guide from Sougia to the small villlage of Agia Roumeli, only accessible by boat. Enjoy the flexibility of the kayaks as you explore small bays and beaches, rock formations and sea caves along your way. Expect soaring cliffs, turquoise clear waters and plenty of opportunities for swim/snorkel stops as you go. Spend the evening at your leisure in Agia Roumeli. Refuel with a cold beer and great food with a sea view at one of the tavernas, take a dip in the Libyan sea from the pebble beach or hike up to the old fortress overlooking the village for some really spectacular sunset views. Overnight in Agia Roumeli. Day 2: Hike - The Longest Gorge   Today you will hike, at your own pace, the stunning gorge of Samaria – the longest gorge in Europe. It runs 16km from Agia Roumeli to Omalos in the White mountains. Take advantage of your perfect positioning (waking up almost at the entrance to the gorge) to get an early start, or plan the day as you wish. Most walkers need 5-7 hours to cross the gorge. You will walk the gorge uphill – easier on the knees! – and should arrive at the impressive narrow point “Portes” early on in your hike, with very few other walkers around. Perfect photo opportunity! Experience the gorge in relative solitude, allowing you to fully appreciate the scenery and enjoy the changing environments around you, as you pass from rocky riverbed and coloured rock faces, past the abandoned village of old Samaria, through shady pine forests and finally ascend to the exit in the mountainous village of Omalos, where we will be waiting to collect you and transfer you to the town of Chania or Kissamos.   Scheduled dates May: 17/5 – 18/5 2021 – From 190€ (Single room supplement: 35€) June: 20/6 – 21/6 2021 – From 190€ (Single room supplement: 45€) July: 16/6 – 17/7 2021 – From 230€ (Single room supplement: 55€) August: 18/8 – 19/8 2021 – From 230€ (Single room supplement: 55€) September: 13/9- 14/9 2021 – From 190€ (Single room supplement: 45€) October: 26/10 – 27/10 2021 – From 190€ (Single room supplement: 35€) Note Activities & routes listed in the itinerary are weather dependent. We will always try to stick as close as possible to the itinerary but the activities and may be rearranged or substituted in case of need. Extra fees are: Samaria Entrance fee : 5€ (until 15 years old free of charge)    We are flexible. We have fixed dates but you can ask us about coming on your preferred dates. We offer multi-day tours that include accommodation, but if you have your own favourite place to stay, we can organise just the activities, ask us.    

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