Kandanos or Kantanos (Greek: Κάνδανος or Κάντανος), also Candanos, is a town and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Kantanos-Selino, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 73.081 km2 (28.217 sq mi).[3] It was part of the former Selino Province which covered the southwest of the island. The town has 421 residents.[1]


Kandanos centre
Kandanos centre
Kandanos is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
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Coordinates: 35°19′37″N 23°44′30″E / 35.32694°N 23.74167°E / 35.32694; 23.74167Coordinates: 35°19′37″N 23°44′30″E / 35.32694°N 23.74167°E / 35.32694; 23.74167
Administrative regionCrete
Regional unitChania
 • Municipal unit73.1 km2 (28.2 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density15/km2 (40/sq mi)
 • Population654 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
730 04
Area code(s)28230
Vehicle registrationΧΝ, XB


Nearby is the site of the ancient town of Cantanus.

The town of Kandanos and its surrounding area suffered particularly badly from German occupation during World War II. During the Battle of Crete, resistance fighters had held advancing German soldiers for two days, preventing them from reaching Palaiochora to secure it. In retribution the occupiers razed the village to the ground and erected a sign: "Here stood Kandanos, destroyed in retribution for the murder of 25 German soldiers, never to be rebuilt again."

The town was rebuilt however, and the sign retained in a war memorial. Several of the Byzantine churches and their frescoes were restored. Germany donated waterworks after the war to the village and former soldiers stationed there returned in reconciliation.

Facilities include a health centre, a police station, a bank, a post-office, a pharmacy, and some shops, taverns and cafes. The municipality also includes 28 villages, like Anisaraki, Koufalotos, Plemeniana, Kadhros, Kakodiki and Floria.

International relationsEdit

Kandanos is twinned with:

Country Town Since
  Slovakia   Ostrý Grúň 1987
  Djibouti   Arta 2011

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21.

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