Phalasarna is located 52km west of Chania on the western section of the Gramvousa peninsula. The reason one visits this area is not only because of the 5 stunning beaches it has but also due to the ancient city of Falasarna, which can’t be missed. Phalasarna beach was voted as one of the 10 best beaches of Europe. Its crystal clear waters in combination with its fine white sand constitute a fetching and irresistible beach in which to take a swim and relax at. You can do all of this while gazing at the clear blue sea. The first and most popular beach is ‘Pahia Ammos’ . Hundreds of people visit it everyday, yet it never feels overcrowded due to its enormous extent. If you desire tranquility you can go to the beach which lies north and next to to ‘Pahia Ammos’ which is also wide but has many small creeks. If you prefer privacy the next beach is the ideal place for you. There are 2 other beaches, one of which is next to an archaeological site while the other is located south of the beach. This beach has a rocky bottom but is still appropriate for exploring!
The Ancient City of Phalasarna
Phalasarna, the westernmost city of ancient Crete, flourished in the 3rd century BC, and was one of the most important ports of the antiquity. It was also the sworn enemy of Polyrinia. In the middle of the 19th century the port and the settlement of the city were discovered by the English. The archaeological site of Phalasarna consists of the port, the acropolis, the graveyard, the city walls and a throne which is believed to have belonged to Posidonas. What one can see there today are only scattered remnants of a city. By ascending the acropolis’ hill, one can visit the chapel of Agios Georgios with its well-preserved terracotta baths. On the southwest side of this archaeological site there are splendid remains of the Roman quarries. If you continue along the best of the tracks you will also see remains of the Cyclopean walls which most ancient cities in Crete had. Due to an earthquake in 365 BC the ancient city was moved and is now 6 meters above sea level. With just a quick glance you will notice this.