Falasarna Crete travel guide

Falasarna is located on the north-west coast of Crete , beautiful bays of white sand with rock pools and sheltered shallows.

The west-facing sands at Falasarna are well sheltered, the beach long and deep and pleasant walks to be had along the coast.

The views are not impressive at first as the coastal plain on this part of Crete is covered in commercial greenhouses for growing tomatoes and cucumbers.

The there is little to spoil the views on Falasarna beach which must be one of the most attractive in Crete.

Along the cliff top above the beach are several tavernas from which leads a wooden walkway down to the beach and the rows of sun loungers.

Further north the sun beds disappear and so do the crowds. Although far from the tavernas, the far north is the best part of the beach with shallow pools, rocky coves and low dunes.

Falasarna was a major port in ancient times but it was abandoned after a catastrophic earthquake in the 6th century. There are some remains of the ancient city seaport and the remains of an ancient acropolis lie at the end of a two kilometre track.

Near Falasarna is the hillside village of Platanos with some very pleasant cafes.