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Nea Kydonia (Greek: Νέα Κυδωνία) is a former municipality in the Chania peripheral unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Chania, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] It is situated on the western outskirts of Chania. It saw fierce fighting during the Battle of Crete during World War II and there the main prisoner of war camp for Allied soldiers in Western Crete was in Galatas.

The seat of the municipality of Nea Kydonia was in the village of Daratsos. Galatas has a popular beach at Kalamaki and a port called Kato Galatas. Agia Marina, Stalos and Daratso are other principal settlements of the municipality, as well as the uninhabited island of Agii Theodori. It was part of the former province of Kydonia.

Agioi Theodoroi (Theodorou) island, near Agia Marina and Platanias. Klick image to enlarge

Division of the Nea Kydonia municipality, population 7301 (2001 census)

Ancient History

Nearby in the modern city of Chania, is the ancient city of Kydonia, over whose ruins the modern city has been built.[2] Kydonia was a powerful Cretan city in the period 600 to 200 BC.

See also

Communities of the Chania prefecture
Chania Plain

Line notes

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ Hogan, 2008


National Statistical Service of Greece (ΕΣΥΕ). (Greek)
C. Michael Hogan, Cydonia, The Modern Antiquarian, Jan. 23, 2008

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