Holidays to Kamisiana offer a real taste of Cretan life, with traditional cooking and raki-drinking locals ruling the roost in the friendly tavernas. It’s all very chilled out, though lively Chania is within half an hour's drive.
Kamisiana is a small, traditional village on Crete’s northwestern coast. It’s a laid-back place where you can join 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 bounty of beaches
A short walk through working farms brings you to Kamisiana’s peaceful pebbly beach, which comes with umbrellas, showers 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, and rows of palm-leaf parasols and loungers 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 untouched Cretan countryside – but if you drive 25 minutes east you’ll reach Chania, where the narrow streets of the maze-like old town are lined with Venetian and Turkish architecture. The ancient town of Polyrinia is 20 minutes’ drive east, too. Here, you can root around the remains of an old church, an aqueduct and an olive mill. To see relics that have been unearthed here, it’s a short drive to Kissamos’ archaeological museum.
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