First of May is a must for a quick escape! Summer has come sooner than usual here in Crete and kids couldn’t wait to get going. Pick of the day: Falasarna beach. One of our favourite excursions, which is repeated a few times every summer, simply because it’s one of those places that remain original throughout the years. Falasarna beach is also one of the most famous beaches in Crete.
As you are approaching Falasarna beach the panoramic view will take your breath, as the colours you will gaze along with the serenity of the place are unspeakable.
The part which is not always repeated is the visit to the ancient Falasarna, located at the west end of the area. The ancient treasures that come to light don’t seem to stop and the excavations are continuous.
You will be amazed by the curved throne you will see on your right-hand side as you are approaching, which is said to be dedicated to Poseidon, God of the Seas in Ancient Greece. Ancient Falasarna was one of the most important Cretan towns during the Hellenistic period and one of the most interesting part to visit is the elevated port which is so interesting to access from the land. This has occurred because of the lifting of the west part of Crete.
The beaches of Falasarna are exotic, and you can make your choice according to your own taste.
If you prefer facilities you can visit Pachia Ammos which is the main beach. It is so long though that it never gets too crowded. Sunbeds, beach bars, and water sports activities are performed and still, you will find the beach quiet because it’s so big. Or you can visit the beach next to it, which is the one we also visited.The rocks create natural pools and private sections that are fun for the kids.
The water at Falasarna beach is always crystal clear and usually cold but in a very refreshing way. The sand is tropical white and ideal for the kids to play. The whole area is very clean.
If you decide to stay longer the sunset will reward you for that choice as it is considered to be the best in Crete.
We were there for the first of May, so we had to create our traditional wreath. The whole area above the beaches blossoms with flowers throughout the year so it made it easy for us to create our masterpiece.
Only a piece of advice you should consider in order to totally enjoy your experience. Before you visit take a look at the winds blowing in the area through an accurate site, call the port authorities or ask the advice of a local as most are well experienced.
How to get there?
The access both from Chania and Rethymno is through the main highway which takes you directly to Kasteli and then to Falassarna.
If you are in Rethymnon, you can consider this Full Day Trip to Falassarna. It includes the 2-hour bus drive to Falasarna via Kastelli, there is at least 4 hours of swimming as well as a visit to the ancient sites of the old city, where visible remains date back to around 333 BC. After, you can enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant (own expense) before the 5:00 PM bus ride back to Rethymno. Click here for more information and booking.
I am blessed to live in a part of Crete that hosts many beautiful beaches. Have a look at my blog post about Elafonissi, a tropical paradise in Chania. I also love Balos beach, also in Chania prefecture. These are some of the most famous beaches in Greece.