It is a small, picturesque village with a traditional settlement of
stone built houses, on a hill. It brings back past times of 1900 with the old
quarter and the narrow allies that give a sense of tranquility and simplicity.
The traditional coffee shops serve tsikoudia (local strong alcoholic drink) and
Cretan rusks with olives from the local production and wine made from the famous
grapes of Kalessa.
At the square of the village there is Evagelismos church (Annunciation
church), typical sample of the Venetian domination in Crete of 13th century. Another
significant church is Ai Yiorgi church (St. George church), stone built in basilica
manure, which dates back to 1300. The itinerary to Kalessa has been described
to be not only naturalistic but also historic due to the monuments of the area.
The route up to the village is passing through vineyards and olive groves, having
sea as background from the one side and mountains from the other. Kalessa is built
on a hill, the foot of which has many caves known since Minoan times that; were
later developed by the Venetians and were modified with chiseled arches.