Kaliviani

Kaliviani is a small quiet hinterland village that is however quit close to the sea.

Your choices are limited for food, drinks and entertainment. You can however explore more options in Kasteli that is just 6 kilometers from Kaliviani.

Kissamos (Kasteli)

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).

Drapanias

Drapanias is located 35 kilometers west of Chania, 4 kilometers from Kasteli and is a small coastal village close to the sea.

It is a beautiful village with some structures from the Ottoman era, like the tower and the well. There are two noteworthy churches in the area, one of which is dedicated to Christ in the entrance of the cave Makri Spileo.

At beach in Drapanias you can visit the ruins of a Minoan settlement and a settlement from the Classical period. According to some researches the ancient city of Mithimna was built here.

The mansion of the Venetian officer Trevizan is also worth visiting.

You can enjoy good food and drinks at the tavernas and coffee shops of the village. Of course Kasteli is very close by where you have a plethora of choices for food, drinks, entertainment and night life.

Kolimbari

Kolimbari is 24 kilometers from Chania, right on the National Road towards Kasteli. It is a small coastal village with 950 residents. Because it has a protected harbor it was used for as a landing for troops at various points of the islands history.

Around Kolimbari there are several villages with beautiful landscapes and byzantine churches – some dating back to the 16th century – like the church of the Archangel Michel close to village Episkopi and the Venetian ruins that are in Rodopo 7 kilometers Northwest.

If you are interested in monuments of nature then you must visit the ancient olive tree close to the village Ano Vouves. The cave of Saint John the Hermit that is 3 kilometers north of Kolimbari, the Gorge of Deliana that is 15 kilometers South of Kolimbari and the beautiful cove of Afrata with its wild landscape and crystal waters that is 3,5 kilometers north of Kolimbari are also worth visiting.

Probably the most noteworthy monument in the area of Kolimbari is the Monastery of the Virgin Mary Odigitria also known as "Moni Gonias" (gonia-corner) due to its location on the western point of the cove. The monastery has a rich history that dates back to the 9th century when it was founded. It is in its current location since the 17th century when the monks relocated for security reasons. The monastery was always a center of resistance against all of the conquerors of the island. This is why it has been destroyed so many times. The Orthodox Academy of Crete was created in close proximity to the monastery, a very important orthodox ecclesiastic institution.

Finally, 23 kilometers to the north is the archeological site of Diktinna; a sanctuary dedicated to Artemis Vritomartis that thrived during the Roman era. You can reach the site through a difficult dirt road that begins in the village Rodopos.

Many cultural events are organized in this municipality: A reenactment of Jesus' birth takes place in the cave of Saint John the Hermit, near the village of Marathokefala, on Christmas Eve. A celebration dedicated to the Saint is also held in the cave on the 6th and 7th of October. The first Sunday of August the gathering of the crops is celebrated at the church of the Archangel Michael close to the village Episkopi. The famers bring their products to the church to get the blessing of the Archangel and to ensure a good harvest.

There are three more festivals in the area. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is celebrated on August the 15th at the Monastery of the Virgin Mary Odigitria, on the 29th of August Saint John is celebrated in Giona and on the celebration of the Holy Cross on the 14th of September at Tavronitis.

Food and drinks can be enjoyed at the many tavernas and coffee shops on the coast. It is recommended that you visit this picturesque location for diner or a drink especially when there is a full moon.

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