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The beach of Falasarna at Chania of Crete. Best beaches of Crete

The beach here is exceptionally beautiful. In effect it is a number of large sandy stretches that together run on for 3 km.

The main beach of Pacheia Ammos (Deep Sands) is some kilometer in length and made up of white sand and turquoise waters: it is one of the most popular in Crete. It is developed, with sun-beds and umbrellas, facilities for water-sports and courts for beach-volleyball. Because of the strong winds that blow hereabouts, Falasarna is an ideal destination for wind surfing-afficianados. Close by are rooms for rent, tavernas and cafés to make your stay the more comfortable.

If you wish to avoid the crowds at Pacheia Ammos, you can seek out one of the other strands which are to be found nearby, both to the north and south. They are smaller, rather isolated and without facilities; some have pebbles, others sand: but all are ideal for ‘chilling out’.

Sunset at Falasarna is dramatic, as the beach faces west. Beach parties aplenty are held in the summer.

The beach and its surroundings are part of the EC ecological network Natura 2000. The only jarring note is the number of plastic greenhouses that have sprung up all around.

The beach fronts the ruins of the ancient city of the same name: a severe earthquake in the 4th century AD lifted the whole area several metres upwards, leaving the inland harbour suddenly high and dry. There is much to see, as the archaeological excavations continue.

Continuing to explore the west coast, and moving further south, the next beach you come to is that of Kokkini Gremna.

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Additional Info

  • location Falasarna, Kisamos, Chania
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism Yes
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • other facilities

    The beach is well organized. There are sun beds, umbrellas, showers, lifeguard and water sports.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Kasteli - Elos - Elafonisos - Falasarna

Distances: 59 km from Chania, 17km from Kastelli Kissamos.

By car/motorcycle: From Chania, drive to Kastelli Kissamos and then continue following the signs to Falasarna.
By bus: There are services to Falasarna from Chania and Kastelli Kissamos.

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