Falassarna beach, Crete, is located in the west coast of Crete. Falassarna is a small village which has one of the most famous beaches of Chania and Crete. That’s why it attracts a large number of tourists every year. It is today one of the most famous destinations in Crete, not only for its beaches, but also for the ecological interest it presents. Falassarna beach, has joined the project Natura 2000, because of its outstanding natural beauty and the variety of flora and fauna in the area.
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Facing Falassarna from the hill after the village of Platanos, you will see many greenhouses, since the area is suitable for horticulture. You will see two large beaches, separated by some sand dunes. The southernmost beach (Pachia Ammos) is the longest and widest. Further south you will also find two beaches: a sandy beach with rocks on the bottom and the pebble beach near the small harbor.
The large beach in Falassarna, Crete
Falassarna beach has been awarded as the most beautiful beach of Crete and is always included in the top-10 best beaches in Europe. It has lovely white sand and warm, crystal clear waters. The beach Pachia Ammos is so large, that you will hardly feel it “drowning” of the world, even in high summer, with hundreds of visitors around you. The only disadvantage is that it is exposed to northerly and westerly winds, so probably you will have the experience of big waves. But that’s what makes it popular to those who like windsurfing.
Falassarna beach, Crete, is fully organized with umbrellas and sun beds in its biggest part. However, there are several places free for those who prefer to put their own umbrella and towel on the sand. There are two bars and cafes on the beach, to get some snacks, water or coffee. In the evenings there are often organized beach parties on the beach, so do not hurry to leave. The mood rises sharply as time passes, especially after the admittedly impressive sunset of Falassarna, one of the most impressive in Crete. The beach also offers water sports, and there is a beach volley court.
How to get to Falassarna Beach, Crete
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Falassarna is 59 km from Chania and you can reach the area through the highway from Chania to Kissamos (Kasteli). After passing Kasteli, you will continue to Platanos and from there, you can follow the signs that will lead you to Falassarna. Reaching the hill above Falassarna, you will see three miles of spectacular beaches lying at your feet. The route from the hill to the beach is about 3 km. It is quite narrow, so you need a little attention, especially if you are driving at night or in the midst of the tourist season with the increased traffic.
As Falassarna is extremely popular there is a daily connection from Chania and Kasteli to the beach by bus. So, even if you do not have your own car, it will be easy to reach the area. Rethymno is 120 km from Falassarna and Heraklion is 195 km.
Falassarna is ideal for those who want to spend their holidays in a quiet place with beautiful beaches and many possibilities for excursions. Falassarna is also ideal for couples in love and romantics. Here they will have the chance to enjoy the most beautiful sunset in west Crete. Nightlife in Falassarna is active due to the beach bars, which often organize beach parties. If one night you need something more, you can drive 40 kilometers to Platanias, where the choices of bars and clubs are endless.
Since 1995, the youth of the neighboring village Platanos organizes in Falassarna a big party on the first or second Saturday of August. The admission to the party is free and the drinks are cheap. Most visitors camp on the beach at night and have fun until the morning.
It is sure that if you visit Falassarna beach, Crete, you’ll understand why it is included among the best beaches not only in Europe but also in the world. You will find many villas in Falassarna or in the area around, which will offer you unparalleled views and unforgettable accommodation.