Holidays to Kamisiana offer a real taste of Cretan life, with traditional cooking and raki-drinking locals in the friendly tavernas. It’s all very relaxed, though lively Chania is less than 30 minutes away.
Quiet country life
Kamisiana is a small, traditional village on Crete’s northwestern coast. It’s a laid-back, friendly place where you’ll be joining the locals for a glass of raki in one of the half-dozen tavernas. It’s just 10 minutes’ walk to the quiet pebble beach, with livelier stretches of sand close by. And Chania, with its harbourside bars and restaurants, is less than half-an-hour away.
A short walk through working farms brings you to Kamisiana’s peaceful pebbly beach, which comes with umbrellas as well as a shower and toilets. For a sandy beach, you’ve got Platanias, just 15 minutes’ down the road. Here there are bars and restaurants along the promenade, plus rows of palm-leaf umbrellas and sunloungers on the shore. Further afield is Falassarna, 40 minutes’ drive away – its sandy beach is said to be the most beautiful in Crete.
Trips to Chania and Kissamos
Kamisiana is all about relaxing in real Cretan countryside – but 25 minutes’ drive east you’ve got Chania, where the narrow streets of the mazy old town are lined with Venetian and Turkish architecture. The ancient town of Polyrinia is 20 minutes’ drive east – here you can root around the remains of an old church, aqueduct and olive mill. To see relics that have been unearthed here, it’s a short drive to Kissamos’ archaeological museum.
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