Falasarna Beach

Western Crete, Greece

There are five coves to choose from (image by Shaggyshoo)

Falasarna 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.

Falasarna Beach (Image by Eric Przekop)


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.


Big wide open beach with beautiful sand (Image by Taver)


In summer there are lots of water sports here, the clear waters are perfect for scuba diving - if you are a beginner you can take a 3 hour introduction to PADI Scuba diving here.  With perfect visibility at this big safe beach, this is a light-hearted taste for first timers. This includes theory, equipment and a fun dive to a depth of no more than 6 metres. This is not a certificate course, yet is led by a skilled PADI instructor.



Ancient Falasarna

Ancient Falasarna with Falasarna Beach in the backgroundAncient Falasarna with Falasarna Beach in the background

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.









Local Restaurants

Greek salad and olive oil at a taverna by the sea

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:

  • Taverna Spilios - high up for a view of the sunset for dinner
  • Taverna Vassilis - relaxed dining with Cretan food
  • Orange Blue - for drinks by the beach
  • Gramvousa Taverna - inland at Kaliviani village



Exploring Around...

Gramvousa Islet and Balos LagoonGramvousa Islet and Balos Lagoon

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.

Nearby by are the small villages of Platanos and Kavousi, to the south lies the beautiful beach of Pahia Ammos.Close by is the village of Kaliviani and the small town of Kissamos.

Other beautiful beaches to drive to in this region are Gramvousa, Balos, Elafonisi and the southern beaches near Paleochora. 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.



Accommodation

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 beachside cottage named Arodamos 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.

At Keramotis Beach, 30 km south of Falasarna, you can have complete privacy and beachfront location, in the stylish renovated Old Beach House. This place has all modern amenities, indoor and outdoor spaces, a pool and above all, it sits directly on the beach





Kaliviani Traditional Guesthouse - view from balcony with breakfast over the bay

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. 

We have chosen plenty of beach accommodation in the Chania region...



Getting Here

Drive here from Chania along the national road, it is a comfortable drive of 52 km or about 1 hour. Take the bus from Chania which takes about 90 minutes, see the details below.

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Fly to Crete from Europe - use Chania Airport CHQ

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Or Fly from Athens ATH to Chania CHQ

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Take a ferry from Pireaus Port of Athens to Chania

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Take a local bus from Chania with KTEL

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Hire a car from Chania Airport




Phalasarna Beach Videos

This is the first beach filmed in this beautiful video all about the Kissamos region...




Φαλάσαρνα view over the whole beach from inlandView from the south looking north

Φαλάσαρνα - looking from north to southThere are five coves to explore

Lounging around - white sand - wide beach - umbrellas and beach chairs (Image by Taver)Lots of space on this wide beach

Φαλάσαρνα with clear azure waters (Image by Taver)A big wide beach with fine sand

Φαλάσαρνα big red globe of the sun setting into the horizon (Image by Dieter Weinelt)Sunsets are beautiful here as the beach faces west


On the Map

See the location of Falasarna Beach on the north-western tip of Crete on this map:







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