Sightseeings

The broader location of Kisamos, in which Villa Helidoni is situated, has a lifelong history, since Late Neolithic Age, Minoan Era, Mycenaeus Era, Hellenistic Era, Roman Era, even Byzantine and Venetian Era.

KISSAMOS: Kissamos is a town and municipality, multiple (former) bishopric and Latin titular see 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. 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 Kisamos (Κίσαμος, Latinized as Cisamus). (Source: Wikipedia)

POLYRRHENIA: Polyrrhenia was an important hilltop town, whose territory occupied the whole western extremity of Crete. According to Strabo, it was founded by Achaeans and Lacedaemonians. It was 30 stades from the sea and 60 stades from Falasarna, and it had a temple of Dictynna. (Source: Wikipedia)

FALASARNA: Falasarna or Phalasarna is an ancient Greek harbor town on the northwest coast of Crete. The currently visible remains of the city were built around 333 BC, and include several imposing sandstone towers and bastions, with hundreds of meters of fortification walls protecting the town, and a closed harbor, meaning it is protected on all sides by city walls. The harbor is ringed by stone quays with mooring stones, and connected to the sea through two artificial channels. Notable finds in the harbor area include public roads, wells, warehouses, an altar, and baths. Most of these structures were revealed by excavations that began in 1986. (Source: Wikipedia)

GRAMVOUSA: Gramvousa also Grampousa refers to two small uninhabited islands off the coast of a peninsula also known as Gramvousa Peninsula in north-western Crete in the regional unit of Chania. The Gramvousa Peninsula forms the westernmost of the two pairs of peninsulae in north-western Crete (the other being Rodopos Peninsula) and is the western part of Kissamos Bay. (Source: Wikipedia)

AGNION: In the cape there are the ruins of the small ancient Roman city of Agnion, known for its temple of Apollo.

POTAMIDA: The village of Potamida is located 3.5km away from Kastelli Kissamou, and 40km from Hania on the road to Kaloudiana- Potamida- Topolia, at an altitude of 40 m. a.s.l and has 238 permanent residents.The village is built near the river "Tyflos" (the name "potamida" means the river's embankment) in a magnificent landscape, plenty of vegetation. It is the seat of the municipality and was first mentioned at the census of 1834 by Pashley.

AGIA SOFIA: The cave of Agia Sofia in Topolia in western Crete is a large cave with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

MILIA: Milia is a beautiful Traditional Village, a small forgotten corner in Western Crete.

XRISOSKALITISA: Xrisoskalitisa is a historical monastery of great tradition.

LOUSAKIES: Explore the temples from the Venetian Era.

KALATHENES: Kalathenes is a historical village with some historic buildings from the Venetian times that worth a visit. A visit to Kalathenes can always be combined with a walk to the Sirikari Gorge.

DRAPANIAS: Drapanias is a small village in northwestern Crete. It is the principal town in the Cretan municipality of Mythimna. It was built in the ruins of the ancient town of Mythimna. (Source: Wikipedia)

MYTHIMNA: MYthimna is an ancient Minoan City.

KEFALI: Kefali is a small, quiet and traditional mountain village that you will drive through when you are on your way to the Chrisoskalistissa Monastery or to the beach of Elafonisi island in the southwest of Crete. In the village of Kefali you can have a look at a church dating from the 14th century.

GONIA: Gonia Monastery is an Orthodox monastery located 1 km north of Kolymvari and some 26 km from Chania, on the coast of the south-east Rodopos peninsula in Crete, Greece, overlooking the Gulf of Chania. (Source: Wikipedia)

ROKKA: Ancient city with an acropolis.

DIKTYNNA: On the eastern tip of the Rodopou Peninsula in West Crete are the scanty remains of a temple dedicated to the Cretan goddess Diktynna (Diktynnaion). Diktynna was the virgin goddess of hunting and she was worshipped fervently in western Crete as the patroness of hunters and fishermen. All the villages of this region are historical and traditional.

VOUVES: The Olive tree of Vouves is an olive tree in the village of Ano Vouves in the municipal unit of Kolymvari in Chania regional unit. Probably one of the oldest olive trees in the world (3000 years old), it still produces olives today. (Source: Wikipedia)

ROTONDA: The Byzantine church of Rotonda or the Church of the Archangel Michael is situated close to the village of Episkopi in the west of Crete.

Chania City

Always the first thing you hear about Chania - the Venetian Harbour, the old port, the narrow shopping streets and waterfront restaurants. Chania is also one of the two places you are most likely to see on arriving in Crete. It is beautiful - that is to say much of the Chania you will want to see is clustered close to the harbour - old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops (some with genuinely interesting and sometimes local, products on offer). Food is offered in great variety and sometimes great similarity - there are many restaurants and also cafes, at which to reflect upon the experiences of places you have just explored together with the enjoyment of some tasty food - we have suggestions for restaurants further on. The atmosphere has a touch of Florence and Venice (a few years ago when those cities still had some room to walk), combined with the culture and character of Cretan people and traditions. (Read more: Wikipedia)