Kasteli, as it is called by the locals or Kissamos which is its official name is 41 kilometers from Chania and is a small town with 3821 residents. It is the center of the commercial and agricultural activity of the western part of the prefecture.
Built in a fertile valley with vineyards and olive trees it still keeps its ancient name Kissamos, while its more common name Kasteli is due to the Castle that the Venetians built that still stands.
There are many things for one to see in Kasteli. The ancient city thrived during the Greek-Roman period and remnants of this period can be seen everywhere. The Roman baths, the cemetery and especially mosaic floors are worth seeing.
Close to the harbor you can visit the small church of Saint John built on a cave- like opening in the rock.
If you take a car ride in the area surrounding Kasteli you can visit traditional villages like Roka that is built on the bottom of an impressive rock, byzantine churches and the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, Venetian ruins like Rotonda as well as a Venetian Mansion close to the village Kalathenes.
Lovers of hiking can explore the Sirikariano Gorge, 19 kilometers to the south. The entrance of the gorge is right after the village Sirikari. You will reach the exit at Polirrinia after a 2 hour walk.
You can also enjoy a boat ride around the Rodopos peninsula, east of Kasteli. In addition to the exquisite landscape you will also see churches, old mines and, of course, breathtaking beaches.
A boat ride around the western peninsula, Gramvousa, is even more exiting. You will see the cape of Tersanas, the Balos lagoon and the islets of Agria Gramvousa and Imeri Gramvousa (Wild and Tame Gramvousa) and Pontikonisi.
Kissamos is a municipality with intense cultural activity. Carnival festivities are held during the carnival season. There are many events (concerts, theatrical plays etc.) that are organized in the summer in the open theatre in the location "Honi", 6 kilometers from Kasteli. In August the Wine festival takes place where many cultural events are organized for the anniversary of the Occupation of the Castle of Gramvousa by the Cretan rebels on August of 1825. In the summer an athletic tournament takes place with the name "Theocharakia". In May or June on the holiday of the Holy Trinity a grand festival is organized in the village Kouloudiana, 4 kilometers from Kasteli.
You will find many tavernas, restaurants and coffee shops for food and drinks. You can also party through the night at the bars and clubs in the area.
You can reach Kasteli by boat from Piraeus, Kithira or Antikithira as well as from the Peloponnese (Githio and Kalamata).