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Falassarna beach

Beach description

The stunning Falassarna beach is situated 59km to the west of Chania city and about 17km to the west of Kissamos, at the western end of the Gramvousa peninsula. The northern end of this beach features the remains of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Phalassarna. Widely acclaimed, Falassarna is home to some of the most celebrated beaches in Greece, having been awarded the best beach in Crete and recognized as one of the top 10 European beaches multiple times. The area spans a large expanse and is made up of five consecutive beaches, with the two central beaches being the most popular.

The whitish sand on Falassarna gives the water a tropical hue. Visitors may find themselves entranced by the beach and its turquoise waters, provided the west wind is not blowing (which is rare in west Crete). The main beach, Pachia Ammos, is a 1km long and 150m wide exotic beach. Despite being the most popular, due to its size, it never seems too crowded. There are a few snack bars, cafes, umbrellas, and services for water sports and beach volleyball courts.

To the north of the main beach is another 800m long beach that is divided into smaller beaches by a sand dune and some rocks. This beach is quieter than Pachia Ammos and offers no facilities. A small cove facing south near the archaeological site is also an option for those who prefer isolation, although it has a rocky seabed. A long sandy beach at Livadi, located to the south of Pachia Ammos, is great for snorkelling and is surrounded by a wetland area that attracts many birds during winter. South of this beach, near the small harbour of Limeniskos settlement, there is a small pebbly beach, which is ideal for those who prefer not to stay remote.

Falassarna is situated in a protected nature reserve, and the sunset considered the best in Crete, is a romantic sight to behold. However, one drawback is that the beach is typically wavy due to its westward orientation, although this is desirable for windsurfers. The area’s greenhouses are also rumoured to pollute the sea with fertilizers and waste, which is unfortunate if true. Visitors who lack transportation can take the bus from Chania or Kissamos.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is Falassarna beach known for?

Falassarna beach is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, soft white and pink sand, and stunning sunsets.

Is Falassarna beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Falassarna beach is suitable for families with children. The water is shallow and calm, making it safe for kids to swim and play.

Are there any water sports available at Falassarna beach?

Yes, there are water sports available at Falassarna beach, including windsurfing, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding.

Is there a fee to enter Falassarna beach?

No, there is no fee to enter Falassarna beach. It is a public beach.

What is the best time of day to visit Falassarna beach?

The best time of day to visit Falassarna beach is in the late afternoon, just before sunset. The colors of the sky and sea are breathtaking.

Is there parking available at Falassarna beach?

Yes, there is parking available at Falassarna beach. However, it can get crowded during peak season, so it’s best to arrive early.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Falassarna beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Falassarna beach, serving fresh seafood and traditional Greek cuisine.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to Falassarna beach?

Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks to Falassarna beach. However, please make sure to dispose of your trash properly.

Is Falassarna beach accessible for people with disabilities?

Yes, Falassarna beach is accessible for people with disabilities. There are ramps and designated parking spots available.

What is the water colour of the Falassarna beach?

The water colour is turquoise.

What type of sand is found on the Falassarna beach?

The Beach has a wonderful white and pink sand.

What is the water depth of the Falassarna beach?

The Falassarna beach has a normal water depth.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Falassarna beach?

The sea surface at the Falassarna beach is usually wavy.

What is the crowd like at the Falassarna beach?

The Falassarna beach has a normal crowd.

What facilities are available at the Falassarna beach?

The Falassarna beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, sports, lifeguard and showers.

How can the Falassarna beach be accessed?

The Falassarna beach can be accessed through a paved road.

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