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 After 25 years, Kissamos in western Crete has finally found a place to house its archaeological treasures. The Kissamos Archaeological Museum is housed in the town’s Venetian Residence.

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The exhibits provide a view of local history through the ages, from prehistoric times to late antiquity and the Early Christian period.

The exhibition starts in Room 1 on the ground floor, with a general chronological table and map of local archaeological sites represented by the artefacts. This is followed by a presentation of the Minoan Period with finds from ancient Mithymna.

Room 2 opens with the Geometric Period, focussing on the historical development of the most important city-states in the area, Polyrrhenia and Falassarna. These two cities flourished in the Hellenistic Period, the former as a land and the latter as a sea power. Room 3 continues the presentation of Hellenistic times, with ceramic finds from dependent towns and settlements of the region.

The whole of the first floor is devoted to the town of Kissamos. The mosaic floors and marble statues of the Greco-Roman city are preserved in the museum.

Room 4, the largest in the museum, contains mosaic floors, wall paintings, a sundial, reliefs and statues from Greco-Roman Kissamos. Room 5 houses ancient coins and amphoras, while Room 6 contains clay, metal, bone and ceramic objects. The grave goods are displayed in the final room, where there are Christian tomb inscriptions, jewellery and other materials, a female figure of the 4th century BC and grave goods from the Roman Period.


Places to visit #Crete#

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Crete the pearl of Greece. It’s not just Greece’s largest island. Arguably it has a great nature and a rich historical and cultural heritage. Its remarkable history is obvious across the island. From the archaeological findings of the Minoan Knossos Palace and Festos to the Venetian entrenchments of Rethymno. The Byzantine monasteries and the old mosques built by the Ottomans. The cave that Zeus was born. Chania in the western Crete and Heraklion which is the capital are well known not only for being the most important port cities, but also for their numerous scenic beauties.

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Superb mountains and gorges like Samaria Gorge. Beaches with soft golden sands like Chrissi Island can offer you unique excursion experience. Besides, Balos beach which is turtle protection area especially for Caretta Caretta, has incredible clean waters with wild majestic landscape.

Joining an excursion is the most reliable way to explore the most popular tourist areas

NOTE: We do not organize and do not offer any tours in CHANIA AREA!!!

What to visit? What to see?


samaria-6-560x300No visit, no vacation to Crete is complete without crossing the Samaria Gorge. Join Samaria Gorge Excursion and explore the most majestic gorge…LEARN MORE


spinalonga_Ecrete_510_2The idyllic scenery of Crete’s Northeast coast Driving along the North East coast through the gorge of St George we reach the picturesque…LEARN MORE


knosos-560x300Knossos Palace, Lasithi Plateau Excursion (half day tour) It is impossible for someone to come to Crete on vacation and not visit its landmark…LEARN MORE


grambousa-balos-560x300An exquisite excursion for the most “conscious” travelers is the excursion to Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island. Driving once again to… LEARN MORE



In the heart of the central part of Crete in the massif of Idi is located astronomical observatory, on the top Skinakas at an altitude of 1750m.

The idea for its construction was born in 1984. This was a joint initiative of the University of Crete, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) and the German Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische. These organizations work together to provide students with modern education in the field of astronomy.

Open days at the observatory
Every year, are appointed five days, during which you can come here and go into the observatory. These events attract nearly 1,000 people each year. Also for this year already set a specific date when you will come to Skinakas to be able to observe the sky through a telescope and see the latest developments in this field.
Open days in 2016 is scheduled for:

May 22 (Sunday),
June 12 (Sunday)
July 24 (Sunday)
August 21 (Sunday)
September 11 (Sunday)

These terms, however, can be changed when the weather is not good. A few days before the event on the website of observatory will confirm exact days.
The Observatory also reserves the possibility to establish additional terms of open days. During the open days observatory can be visited in the hours of 17.00-23.00. Because of the low temperatures prevailing at the height at which it is located Skinakas, guests should take warmer clothes. Due to the very limited number of seats and a large number of visitors often You have to spend at least an hour in a queue. It should also remember that there is lack of public toilets and food and drink.

How to get from the city of Heraklion to Skinakas

  Skinakas Observatory is located in the middle of Crete. Approximately about 50 kilometers west of Heraklion. To get to there in the first place You  need to go to the village of Anogia. Skinakas is away from Anogii another 20 kilometers. The narrow road guiding to the observatory is just getting to the plateau of Nida.