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Ancient Falasarna

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The ancient town of Falasarna (or Phalassarna) is situated at the western base of the Gramvousa peninsula and was one of the major towns of Crete during the Hellenistic and Roman Era. The city was renowned for its port, the only natural harbor in western Crete, constructed in a small lagoon. Nowadays, the area is well-known for its stunning beaches.

In antiquity, it was called Korikos, while the name Falasarna was possibly derived from the local nymph Falasarni. The rival town in the region was Polirinia, which managed to turn Falasarna into its port after 100 years of conflicts (186BC).

In Falasarna, archaeologists have identified parts of buildings and the acropolis overlooking the harbor with traces of strong walls and a temple dedicated to Demetra and a chthonic goddess. Additionally, east of the port, a cemetery with 43 archaic graves has been discovered. The territory of Falasarna extended up to the tip of the Gramvousa peninsula, where there was a temple. A carved throne has also been found within walking distance from the town, which was likely dedicated to the god of the sea, Poseidon, or was simply a throne for speakers.

The most fascinating part of the town is undoubtedly its port, which has now risen up to 9m from the sea surface due to the lifting of Western Crete by the earthquake of 365BC. It is truly impressive to see port facilities on land. The harbor was protected by four towers (2 of them have been identified), and the port was accessed through a narrow artificial canal.

It is believed that Falassarna was a haven for pirates. This forced the Romans to destroy the city in 69 BC and seal the port forever. The town could not recover and regain its former glory since then, leading to its abandonment during the 4th century AD.

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  • 9 / 10
  • Phalassarna 73400

Koutris Apartments features mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Falasarna, 200 metres from North Beach.

The apartment provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and a private bathroom with shower and a hair dryer. A fridge and kitchenware are also featured, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Koutris Apartments offers a picnic area.

Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at the accommodation, while cycling can be enjoyed nearby.

Popular points of interest near Koutris Apartments include North Falasarna Beach, Falasarna Beach and Ancient Falassarna. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 65 km from the apartment.

  • 1.3 km
  • 10 / 10
  • Falassarna

Located just 30 metres from the beach, this air-conditioned apartment is surrounded by a garden with grass and trees. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

The property consists of two spaces. In one of them, guests will find a bedroom with Coco-Mat bedding, a dining table, a sofa and a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with a toaster, coffee machine, kitchenware and fridge. A bathroom fitted with a shower is also available. Next to this space, guests will find a bedroom with independent entrance and a bathroom fitted with a shower.

Bath towels and bed linen are offered.

Ancient Falassarna is just 1.3 km from the property, while restaurants and fish taverns can be found within 100 meters. An ATM is available at 200 meters. Chania International Airport is 69 km away.




  • 1.4 km
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Falassarna

Located in Falasarna in the Crete region, with North Falasarna Beach and North Beach nearby, Sunset Bungalows provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking.

Some units include a terrace and/or a patio with sea views.

Falasarna Beach is less than 1 km from the apartment, while Ancient Falassarna is 1.9 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 65 km from Sunset Bungalows.

  • 1.4 km
  • 8.8 / 10
  • Falasarna

Within 300 metres from the golden beach of Falasarna, Aqua Marine offers accommodation with views over the garden and the sea. It includes a common kitchen, as well as a covered, furnished terrace with BBQ facilities.

The air-conditioned rooms and apartments at Aqua Marine feature wooden furnishings and tiled floors. They all have a mini fridge and an en-suite bathroom with shower, while some also include a kitchenette with electric kettle.

Restaurants serving traditional Cretan dishes can be found at 150 metres. The scenic Chania Town with its Venetian harbour is 58 km away, while the town of Kissamos is at 14 km. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are provided.

  • 1.4 km
  • 8.8 / 10
  • Falasarna

Just 100 metres from the famous Falasarna Beach, Falasarna Bay offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea. Featuring a snack bar, it is only a 2-minute walk from restaurants and cafés.

A kitchenette with cooking facilities and fridge is included in all the air-conditioned units at the Falasarna Bay. Each has a private bathroom with shower. Some accommodation types have sofa and a seating area.

Guests can enjoy light meals and drinks at the snack bar. The on-site mini market stocks everyday essentials.

Ancient Falasarna is within 1 km. Kissamos is within 12 km. Staff can arrange car rental and free private parking is possible on site.




  • 1.4 km
  • 9.5 / 10
  • Phalasarna

Situated in Falasarna and only 600 metres from North Beach, Villa Kore Luxuryvillaschania features accommodation with mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking. This villa offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

The villa with a terrace and sea views has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 3 bathrooms with a hot tub. Towels and bed linen are available in the villa.

The villa offers a seasonal outdoor pool. A car rental service is available at Villa Kore Luxuryvillaschania.

Popular points of interest near the accommodation include North Falasarna Beach, Falasarna Beach and Ancient Falassarna. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 65 km from Villa Kore Luxuryvillaschania.




  • 1.6 km
  • 9.3 / 10
  • Falasarna

The stone-built Romantica Apartments lies within 500 metres from the long, sandy beach of Falassarna in Chania. It offers self-catering units with free Wi-Fi and views over the Cretan Sea, the mountain and the garden.

The air-conditioned apartments open to a balcony and feature a kitchenette with seating and dining area. Each is equipped with a fridge and a small electric oven with cooking hobs. The private bathroom comes with a shower.

A variery of taverns and beach bars can be found within 500 metres from Romantica, while a mini market is 300 metres away. Chania Town is 55 km away, while Chania International Airport is 70 km away. Kissamos is at a distance of 10 km. Free parking is possible on site.




  • 1.6 km
  • 9.9 / 10

Located 800 metres from North Beach and 1.2 km from North Falasarna Beach, Cielo e Mare Villas in Falasarna provides air-conditioned accommodation with views of the pool and free WiFi.

The villa provides guests with a patio, mountain views, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and a private bathroom with shower and a hair dryer. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also provided, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Barbecue facilities are available and guests can also relax in the garden, beside the outdoor swimming pool, or on the sun terrace.

Falasarna Beach is 1.4 km from Cielo e Mare Villas, while Ancient Falassarna is 1.8 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International, 61 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.




  • 1.8 km

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