Mavros Molos Beach, Kasteli Kissamou, Chania 73400, Crete


The infinite beauty of Cretan landscape

Holiday life is not a destination. It is a collection of moments.

Molos Bay Hotel is located west of Kissamos and just a 25 minute car ride from Chania, with easy access both from the airport and the harbor of Chania. Kissamos is mostly known as Kasteli (“castle”), due to the fortress constructed by the Venetians, a fortress that is preserved in excellent condition, making it the ideal location to set your base and explore the nearby beautiful and famous destination, Gramvoussa and the beach of Balos being only a few of them. Falassarna and Elafonisi beach with their fine white sand come to complement this assortment of amazing and award-wining beaches that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. But must-see locations are not only restricted to that! There are also numerous traditional or more cosmopolitan villages, such as Palaiochora, to call on, endless areas of vineyards and olive trees to gaze while driving and a number of magnificent local monasteries such as Virgin Mary Chrysoskalitissa, which is built on a rock next to the sea, you can schedule a visit. All you need is to dedicate some time and the hidden beauties of Crete will unfold in front of your eyes.

Balos Beach

The famous lagoon of Balos is located approximately 56 km northwest of Chania and 17 km northwest of Kissamos. Balos is the most photographed beach in Crete, due to its uniquely colored turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and the gorgeous exotic scenery. The sea is shallow and warm, ideal for young children. In many places the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, perfect for snorkeling. The lagoon and the wider area, are home to the rare species of flora and fauna, which are protected under the Natura 2000 program.

Lake Kournas

The only freshwater lake in Crete, Lake Kournas was known as Lake Koressia in antiquity but later took its current name from the Arabic word for lake. Kournas Lake is the ideal place for an afternoon walk or a daytrip nearby, and is the first choice for an afternoon picnic. The landscape is lovely and relaxing, whether you want to go for a walk in the countryside, swim or ride a pedalo on the lake.

Falasarna Beach

The exotic beach of Falassarna is located 59km west of Chania city and almost 17km west of Kissamos. The sand in Falassarna is whitish, making the color of the water very teal and tropical. Falassarna bay hosts some of the most famous beaches in Greece, which has led to it being awarded as the best beach of Crete and voted as one of the 10 best beaches in Europe. The main beach of Falassarna is called Pachia Ammos. It is an exotic beach spanning a length of 1km and a width of 150m. This beach attracts the most visitors of the area, but because of its length it never appears too crowded. The beach offers umbrellas and a few snack bars and cafes, where you can get food and beverages. There are also water sport services and beach volley courts.

Elafonisi Beach

Elafonisi is located 76km west of Chania and 5km south of Chrysoskalitissa Monastery. Elafonisi is an oblong peninsula and yet another Natura 2000 protected area. The island is full of sand dunes with sea daffodils and junipers. The endangered loggerhead sea turtle and several more rare animals and plants find shelter on the island. Exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, resembling those of the Caribbean, are formed on either sides of the peninsula. The sand is pinkish in many places, taking its color from millions of crushed shells. The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is well organized and hosts the majority of its visitors. There are umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, snack bars and changing rooms.

Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge is the most famous trekking gorge in Europe and a part of the European E4 hiking trail. Thousands of tourists flock here daily in the summer season to walk across its trail and experience the magical atmosphere created by nature. For many visitors, it is the sole purpose of their visit to Crete. The length of the gorge reaches 14.5km and takes almost 5-7 hours to hike from Xyloskalo at Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli beach, depending on the trekking pace. The gorge is located at the south of Chania Prefecture in the larger uninhabited area of Europe, where no roads even exist.

Old Town Harbor

The lighthouse at the old harbor of Chania is the most recognizable landmark of the city, appearing in every travel book of Crete. The story of the lighthouse begins long ago, although its present form dates back to the Egyptian Occupation of Crete (in the early 19th century). The current lighthouse tower is mounted on a trapezoidal base which is still standing since the Venetian Era. During the Turkish Occupation, the harbor of Chania and the lighthouse were neglected and abandoned. In 1839, the Egyptians restored the lighthouse as we see today. Today, the tower stands at 21m height and is visible within 7 miles.