Falasarna Beach: Complete Insider’s Guide to One of the Best Beaches in Crete!


Falassarna, also written as Falasarna, is on the Western coast of Crete, and it’s known for having the most beautiful sunset on Crete.

The atmosphere of the village is relaxed, and the background of the harsh Cretan mountains makes it all incredibly gorgeous.

Here’s a complete guide to Falassarna Beach, Crete, with a few tips to make the most of your days in this corner of West Crete.

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As you approach the bay and go down the road that leads to the coast, the shades of the sea go from deep dark navy blue to the most stunning turquoise.

Visitors stop by the side of the road just to admire the colors.

The area is quite tranquil, there are few places to stay, not many restaurants, one supermarket, and virtually no nightlife.

General Info about Falasarna Beach, Crete

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Apart from water sports and beach life, the choice of activities is minimum.
Falasarna Beach is not just a place to stay when visiting the nearby Balos Beach.

The village is second to none as far as landscapes. Many visitors stay late on the beach to witness one of the most fabulous sunsets in Crete.

STAY IN FALASARNA, CRETE: Instead of visiting Falasarna for a day, check these places to stay and spend a few days there. For a budget stay, I suggest Kalami Rooms and Apartments.

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Read Before You Go to Falasarna

Basic Information

  • Regional unit: Chania
  • Location: Northwestern Crete
  • GPS CoordinatesLatitude: N 35.501621 | Longitude: E 23.579582

Distances to Falasarna from Crete’s main cities

  • From Agios Nikolaos: 250 km, 3 h 50 m
  • From Heraklion: 192 km, 3 h
  • From Rethymno: 116 km, 1 h 50 m
  • From Chania: 54 km, 1 h

Map of Falasarna

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How to Get to Falasarna Beach

Road to Falassarna beach, Crete.

How to get to Falasarna by car: We are convinced that traveling by car is more convenient and cost-effective on Crete, plus it gives you a lot of flexibility. Besides, reaching Falasarna beach by car is fairly easy.

If you are traveling from Chania, take the National Road Chania – Kissamos. Pass through Kissamos-Kastelli, continue to Platanos, and follow the signs to Falasarna.

Once you are on the hill overlooking Falasarna beach, drive the bending road down the hill for about 3 km to get to the seaside.

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Public transport: There are several daily buses from the Public Bus Station in Chania.

Route: Chania – Platanos – Falasarna / Falasarna – Platanos –  Chania.
To check prices and schedules, visit the official website of Ktel Public Bus Services Chania and for further details, check out this guide to bus travel in Crete.

Falasarna, Balos, or Elafonisi: Which Beach You Should Visit?

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This is a question that I always get from the people that come to my gastronomic tours and are planning to visit the beaches of Chania during their holidays.

I always say that it’s a very personal decision and something we have often discussed here on the blog.

However, if you have no idea which one to choose, these guides to Balos and Elafonisi can help you make up your mind or you can discover the best beaches in the Chania region in this post.

Did you know that you can visit both Falasarna and Elafonisi on the same day? This day trip to both beaches is excellent value for money and it also includes snacks, beverages, fresh fruits, and wine! Book it now here!

Guide to Falasarna Beaches

Falasarna Beach can be considered one big, wide bay.

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However, there are different beaches within this bay that you can choose according to the kind of place you enjoy the most.

Let’s see which beaches to see in Falasarna and what are their characteristics.

Falasarna, Small Beach

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Falasarna Small Beach is located towards the north, and it’s one of the smallest beaches in the area, about 400 km long.

Some people also call this area Petalida, (in fact there’s a small family-run hotel on top of this beach with that name).

This is the most secluded of all the beaches in the bay, with rocky formations on the fine sand beach that are popular among campers and naturists.

For more information about nudist beaches in Crete, check this full insider’s guide to naturism in Crete.

In the area, you can also spend the morning getting lost among the olive groves or hike incredible mountain trails. Either way is a recipe for discovering unexpected sea views.

Falasarna Big Beach, Pachia Ammos

Big beach umbrellas Falassarna, Crete
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Usually known as Big Beach, the biggest shore of the coastline is Pachia Ammos, a beautiful long golden sand beach, with services including lounges and umbrellas, several beach bars, and the possibility to practice different water sports.

There are several parking spaces above the beach, usually free, be aware that you will need to hike back up to get to your car.

It’s easy to avoid the crowds in Falasarna. Therefore, despite being the area extremely popular among tourists during the whole season, you can always find a more secluded place to stay.

For instance, if you head towards the south of Pachia Ammos, you will find another long sandy beach, about 800 meters long, that people tend to disregard because the sea has a fairly rocky bottom.

If you keep going South, there is another secluded bay you can visit.

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Kids swimming Falassarna, Crete.

A (Simple) Stay in Falasarna

Sunset, Falassarna Beach, Crete.
Sunset, Falassarna Beach, Crete.

Forget about the sophisticated lifestyle of touristic resorts in Falasarna. The magic of the place requires you to choose simplicity. Closeness to nature and no-frills are a must.

Add to that the authentic character of the villagers: Few words but well spent and utter hospitality. Our place of choice is a quiet angle almost at the end of the (only) road.

During my different trips to Falasarna over the years, I’ve tried many different hotels and studios. I was never disappointed and I could recommend each of the following with equal enthusiasm.

Find here a few of the best places to stay in Falassarna:

Falasarna Bay

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Falasarna Bay is located very close to Falasarna Big Beach, about 100 m, and has recently renovated its rooms, with open views of the spectacular bay of Falasarna.

Rooms also include a small kitchen where you can prepare your quick meals to go to the beach or fix a drink to enjoy on your balcony. This place has excellent reviews.

Kalami Rooms & Apartments

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Courtesy of the property.

Another place we enjoyed staying at a few years ago is Kalami Rooms & Apartments, also facing the great bay of Falasarna.

What we enjoyed the most in this hotel is that despite having all the facilities of a studio type of accommodation, and therefore your private kitchen, they also serve breakfast, so it’s one thing less to worry about when you get up in the morning.
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Sunset at Petalida.

Petalida is a family-run hotel with incredible views of the sea and the mountains. When you wake up in the morning and step out on the balcony you can see the blue sea and the first sun rays in the mountains.

You can have breakfast on the terrace facing the Small Beach of Falasarna.

This is a family-run studio that offers legendary Cretan hospitality. The place is really popular, so don’t risk getting there without a reservation.

You might also want to read this Falasarna accommodation guide if you want more hotel choices and discover the best rental villas in the area!

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Best Place to Eat in Falasarna

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Greek food, Cretan raki, and Hellenic hospitality.

The place where I’ve learned the most about it all is Crete, specially Falassarna.

My return proved me right. Every year, they welcome me like an old friend, with a hug, smiles, and the (always unchanged) most incredible homemade dishes I have ever tasted in my life.


Besides and since I moved to Crete, we have made it our tradition to celebrate the 1st of May in this taverna opposite Falasarna Beach.

On that day, every year we book our table and celebrate, dance to local music, and sing from midday until late in the evening.

Especially in Greece, the culture of welcoming guests is so rooted in the heart of the nation that it’s quite hard not to find a wonderful place to eat.

However, even having eaten in different places in Falasarna, no place beats Taverna Spilios.

Taverna Spilios combines perfection in food with extreme care for customers, attention for kids, joy, and a special extra something so hard to explain in a review and so easy to see from the looks of those who are receiving you.

Things to Do in Falasarna Beach, Crete

In no particular order, these are some of my top choices when it comes to things to do in Falasarna!

Don’t Miss the Sunset

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The golden hour in Falassarna has often been labeled as one of the most spectacular on the island. And I can’t disagree.

The open and direct view of the West, together with a clear atmosphere, is free of smog and contamination, resulting in one of the most stunning sunset spots on Crete.

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Sunset at the Big Beach of Falassarna.

At around 8.30 pm (in mid-summer) people start gathering at strategic points of the beach with their photo cameras and phones ready to shoot the moment when the sun goes down on Falasarna.

If you prefer to dine early, choose a table in one of the many tavernas up the hill or make yourself a quick dinner to enjoy from the privacy of your balcony. The sunset in Falasarna is unique.

You can also check out this special tour to enjoy a Sunset trip to Falasarna Beach… It’s the best way to see exactly what I’m talking about!

Visit Ancient Falasarna

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This ancient settlement was a major trading and important naval center, the only closed harbor in west Crete, built taking advantage of the local lagoon with a channel that connected it to the sea making it particularly safe.

The city flourished during the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C.

An area inhabited since the early Minoan period with an ideal position and a direct connection with the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Two reasons that made its prosperity possible. One of the activities that helped the economic rise of Falasarna was piracy, which made Romans invade and destroy the city in 69 B.C.

The real reason for the decline of Falasarna was, however, the great earthquake of 365 A.D. Its most important result implied the elevation of the west coast of Crete by about 6,6 meters.

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This is the real reason making the ruins of Ancient Falasarna extremely interesting: the harbor of the old city now lies more than a hundred meters from the sea!

Finding Ancient Falasarna: Follow the main road of the village until its very end, a little church, Agios Georgios, on the slope of the mountains, will be helpful to spot the area near the entrance. (Mondays closed.

  • Entrance: free (while donations are accepted).

A few meters before the entrance it is also possible to visit the Throne of Falasarna, probably a podium used for public speeches.

Check the Archaeological Museum of Kissamos

Archaeological Museum of Kissamos.
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This museum comes in great for a better understanding of the ruins of Falasarna. It’s a good idea to combine both visits on the same morning as they are not more than a few kilometers away from each other.

The museum is in a Venetian-Turkish building in the Venetian area of Kissamos. It shows the history of the district of Kissamos, from the Prehistoric period through Early Christianity.

Even if you are not fond of museums, this one is easy to visit and appreciate, reasonably didactic for children, and quite small too.

The ground floor presents artifacts belonging to different cities of Crete (Polyrrhenia, Ancient Phalassarna, Drapanias), while the upper floor is devoted to Kissamos, mostly during the Roman period, overshadowed by the Minoan era.

Unique mosaic floors are belonging to important urban villas. The biggest of them depicts an allegory of Dionysus, but there is the smallest one, incredibly well-preserved.

It features a unique combination of the four seasons with three female figures representing Summer, Winter, and Spring.

The collection of coins and jewelry is an impressive snapshot of the economic importance of the area.
Is Falasarna Beach in your travel plans?

Other guides to the area around Falasarna: Since Falasarna is so close to Balos Beach and Lagoon, you will find more information about things to do in the area if you read my article about Balos. In it, there’s information about Polyrrinia, Sfinari Beach, and more.

If you want to explore the Southwestern coast, check Elafonisi Beach, but also Kedrodasos, Topolia, Elos, and Chrysoskalithissa Monastery in my article about Elafonisi.

If you want to enjoy a day trip to the south from Falasarna, this guide to visiting Elafonisi, Kedrodasos, and the beautiful Aspri Limni is a great starting point!

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About me:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the island. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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