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Kissamos is located in Greece
Coordinates 35°29′N 23°39′E / 35.483°N 23.650°E / 35.483; 23.650Coordinates: 35°29′N 23°39′E / 35.483°N 23.650°E / 35.483; 23.650
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Crete
Regional unit: Chania
Mayor: Andreas Varouchakis
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
 - Population: 10,790
 - Area: 334.2 km2 (129 sq mi)
 - Density: 32 /km2 (84 /sq mi)
Municipal unit
 - Population: 7,579
 - Population: 4,275
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Postal code: 734 00
Telephone: 28220
Auto: ΧΝ, XB
Kissamos Website

Kissamos (Greek: Κίσσαμος) is a town and municipality in the west of the island of Crete, Greece. It is part of the Chania regional unit and of the former Kissamos Province which covers the northwest corner of the island. The city of Kissamos is also known as Kastelli Kissamou and often known simply as Kastelli after the Venetian castle that was there. It is now a port and fishing harbour, with a regular ferry from the Peloponnese via Kythira. A town museum is located in the old Venetian governor's palace and there have been important archaeological finds in the town, including fine mosaics, dating from the Roman city of Kissamos, the port of Polirinia (ancient Polyrrhenia). The head town of the municipality (Greek: Δήμος Κισσάμου) is Kastelli-Kissamos itself.


The municipality Kissamos was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 3 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[2]

The municipal unit Kissamos includes the Gramvousa peninsula (Chernisos Gramvousas Χερσόνησος Γραμβούσας) in the northwest and the adjacent Gramvousa islets, as well as the islet of Pontikonisi, and the villages of Sfinari, Koukounaras, Polirinia, Platanos, Lousakia, Sirikari, Kallergiania and Kalathena. It forms the extreme western part of the region, and of Crete. It is bordered by Platanias to the East, and by Kantanos-Selino to the south.


Location of the former Kissamos province in Chania prefecture

The province of Kissamos (Greek: Επαρχία Κισσάμου) was one of the provinces of the Chania Prefecture. Its territory corresponded with that of the current municipality Kissamos, and the municipal units Kolymvari and Voukolies (partly).[3] It was abolished in 2006.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ Detailed census results 1991 PDF (39 MB) (Greek) (French)

External links[edit]

See Chania Region for maps