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Falasarna Beach Φαλάσαρνα, also spelled Phalasarna, is a beautiful sandy beach on the very north west tip of Crete. This long, wide beach with luscious, fine sand is located 15 km from Kastelli-Kissamos and 52 km from the regional capital, Chania.
Falasarna Beach - this used to be a wild, deserted beach. Today it shows a few
modern signs of the twenty-first century, as it is dotted with small
hotels, rooms and greenhouses. It still remains relatively untouched,
and the beach, cliffs and wide open spaces are glorious.
If you want swanky resorts and DJ's, don’t come here, if you are after art galleries and jewellery studios, head off to Chania, if you need a different taverna for every night of the week, then stay away.
If you want peace and quiet, Falasarna is the spot... if you enjoy gazing over the azure waters, scrunching your toes in the sand, dipping into bright clear waves then snoozing in the sun, this is the spot...if you like the feeling of the wind in your hair, open spaces, rocky cliffs, no clatter or buzzing of mobile phones, no traffic noise and no rush hour...this is the spot! If you like sitting quietly watching the sun melt slowly into the sea...this is the place.
In summer there are lots of water sports here, the clear waters are perfect for scuba diving. With perfect visibility at this big safe beach, this is a great taste for first timers.
Ancient Falasarna or Αρχαία Φαλάσσαρνα - the historic ruined port of Phalássarna, dating from 330 BC during the Hellenistic period, is located 300-400 meters inland from the beach, as the sea line has fallen away over the centuries. At that time the village was the sea port for a town located further inland, known as Polyrrinia. This site can also be explored today, as a reminder of the ancient life in this part of Crete.
The site can be visited easily on foot or by car. The site is located at the northern end of the beach of Falasarna. To get there by car, drive from the carpark and taxi rank next to the supermarket towards the northern end of the beach. You will see a little white chapel nestled against the rocky promontory at the end of the beach, Cape Koutri. This is Agios Giorgos church, the site is at its feet, and includes the 'throne of Phalassarna', ruined tower fortifications, sea walls, quays, baths, a public road and excavation sites. Artifacts are located in the Archaeological Museum in Kissamos on Stratigou Tzanakaki Square, including silver and copper coins.
Below is a fascinating video of the site, using technology to inspire our imagination as to what the port would have looked like, at the height of its powers and witness a reconstruction of the attack by Rome's forces in 67 BC.
Falasarna Beach - seafood is the order of the day, make sure you try the local traditional style food and fresh fish or seafood at one of the following nearby tavernas:
In summer there are daily cruises to Balos Lagoon, run by private boats which are a little less crowded than those large tour boats leaving from Kissamos.
Other beautiful beaches to drive to in this region are Gramvousa, Balos, Elafonisi and the southern beaches near Palaiochora. Inland are olive groves, farming communities, hiking trails and the extreme heights and rocky crevasse gorges of the White Mountains at Agia Irini Gorge and Samaria Gorge.
From Kissamos you can access the start of the E4 European Walking Path in Crete, perhaps take the first day's trek from Kissamos to Polyrrinia, which is an easy 7 km walk, or 14 km return.
Falasarna Beach - there are a few small hotels and rooms dotted about, in spring or autumn you may be able to find something without a booking, however in the busy seasons of July and August, it would be best to book ahead.
Just 30 metres from the beach is the small beach side cottage named Mera Beachfront House, which sleeps two in rustic yet modern apartment with a beachy garden and views across the sea. This very affordable accommodation, with its own laid back quirky charm, is very popular and sells out quickly.
Kaliviani Traditional Guesthouse (left) is a short drive from this beach, in the village of Kaliviani. It is a warm, hospitable place to stay with a good taverna, sea views and only five rooms, ensuring a traditional experience. This is a family-run guesthouse with plenty of character and relaxed country style. Giannis will look after you with real Cretan hospitality.
is located within the village of Kaliviani. This beautifully restored village home
is ready to welcome 4 guests in a 1 bedroom home. This entire holiday
home provides a full kitchen, terrace and sea views in the most
convenient location. Live like a local in this character-filled home. 11 km to Falasarna Beach.
This is the first beach filmed in this beautiful video all about the Kissamos region.
See the location of Falasarna Beach on the north-western tip of Crete on this map:
Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.
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