Falassarna Beach
Falassarna Beach
4.5
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This public beach on the Western coast of Crete is known for its powdery white and pink sand, stunning sunset views, and tranquil atmosphere. Just a short drive from Kissamos, Falassarna Beach is also a protected nature reserve that’s home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Stroll along rolling sand dunes, go jet skiing and surfing amid crystal clear waters, or check out the string of seafood tavernas lining the coast. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available for rental on a first come first serve basis, so come early to secure the best spots right by the sea. – Tripadvisor
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  • Flapvoet
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend
    Went to the small beach (twice). Nice & Quiet, sunbeds and parasols available, nice little taverna. Clean water. Big waves. Loved it. Maybe not so suitable for really small children while the water gets deep quickly. Lifeguard takes his job seriously.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • MillertimeUA
    Alpharetta, Georgia23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible beach
    Definitely one of the must see beaches in Crete, near Chania. Another great drive to get to this one and well worth it once you arrive. Nice, sandy beach with plenty of lounges and area for tanning plus the perfect western view for the sunset. If you're going to Crete for beaches, you won't want to miss this one. Plenty of parking too!!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • minesh1303
    Andalucia, Spain25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach with streaks of pink.
    Went with family of 6 adults including children in mid twenties. We hired a cabana for €50. You will need shade so either that or rent sunbeds for I think €25. Sand beach with streaks of pink sand which you can clearly make out in the shallow water which is crystal clear and warm. Not far off the beaten track and easy to get to if you have a hire car. Beachside food is very affordable and pretty good quality. If you are staying in Chania then worth the 45 minutes or so journey.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Leegeeuta
    Bucharest, Romania8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach, definitely worth visiting
    Amazing sandy beach with cristal clear water. We had days with some nice waves, great for lots of fun in the water. Can be quite windy sometimes, worth checking the wind conditions before going there. Great facilities and staff at Paraiso Beach (where I've stayed for several days). 20, 30 or 60 EUR for sun beds, good food and drinks.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Sam C
    Flackwell Heath, United Kingdom106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous, relaxed beaches
    We really enjoyed the choice of beaches along the coast at Falasarna. Stunning clear water, and rocks if you want to snorkel, fine sand, coarse sand (at the northern end). Something for everyone. Lots of families, a quiet and respectful vibe, which we really appreciated, and reasonable prices for sunbeds for the day (Euros 15 for two). Just fabulous. Thoroughly recommend this part of Crete if you want to wind the clock back 30 years and enjoy Greece as it used to be.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Zuzana K
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful crystal clear water
    Beautiful huge beach, crystal clear amazing water, enough place for everyone, great for both swimming and chilling, adult person can touch the ground in the water far away but at the same time swim freely. Umbrelas to rent for 30€/ day. Otherwise the sand is heating, no shade. Outside shower for everyone. Place easy to reach. For me and my partner much more beautiful than Elafonisi beach. :)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Tomas Zeri
    Tirana, Albania68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice
    This was probably the best beach in all of Crete. We visited it in a really windy day. Therefore, the sea was a little wavy. But we never expected it to be both wavy and clear. It was the clearest water i have ever seen, and you could see around 20 meters away with goggles underwater. I really suggest it for every family which visites Crete
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • CoolMontrealFamily
    Montreal, Canada79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prefect beach day
    I was very worried about going to Falassarna beach bc of some of the reviews, we were driving an hour from Chania, but it turned out to be great and well worth it. We really enjoyed our day there. The drive was easy. We went to the main Big beach which was really nice. Parking was easy just a 2-3 min walk to get there. It was crowded, but not as crowded as I expected. There were plenty of beds and umbrellas, when we arrived around noon. The first section was full, but if you keep walking down beach to the right, there are many other options. You need to bring your own towels. We splurged for a cabana on 1st row which was 50€. There is food service brought to your lounge chairs. The water is absolutely stunning, it’s crystal clear and transparent. The sand is beautiful and soft and you could walk along the beach about a Km. It was a bit windy the day we went, but really not very bad. Overall it was really great beach day and well worth the visit. Don’t hesitate.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • design/internet
    London, United Kingdom381 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special & Spectacular
    Sometimes you wonder if a car journey in the stifling heat is worth the effort. No doubt it, Falasarna Beach is spectacular. West wind was up but definitely adds to the drama of this well looked after area. Pleasant drive in, loads of free parking, €20 for a sun bed, you’ll need one to escape the July heat. Great amenities and good restaurant. It’s a spectacular place to visit. Definitely put this on your holiday to do list. I’ll becoming back!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 27, 2023
  • David D
    Martinsville, New Jersey48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach with friendly service and great food
    We visited this beach during our visit to Chania. Sandy beach with beautiful, crystal clear water. Little bit of surf here both days, but very nice. The food at the beach club was great. We had the prosciutto pizza and the burger and both were great. Front row beds had a 300eur minimum spend, so we took second row for 50eur. Nice cigar selection too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
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Kings Langley, UK33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Have driven there today and driven more or less straight away. We have been coming her for years for one of days out while on Crete. Wow what a
change. This used to be a fabulous stretch of sandy beach with a few rows of sun beds and a small cafe
area. Now there are maybe over 1000
sun beds all in rows close together,
area where they seem to hire out bean bags, guys on buggies screetch around and there are 1000's of cars, the cafe is a sprawling mass of stools, tables, tents, all very trendy I suppose. Oh and thumping loud music wherever you choose to go on the beach.We arrived at around 2.30p. The guy wanted to charge 12.00euros for 2 Sun beds for a couple of hours in the afternoon, total rip off. We feel really upset as this place has changed beyond recognition. Avoid if your are looking for a quiet restful day on the beach.
Written June 24, 2022
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Ramona M
Cluj-Napoca, Romania148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It is said that Falassarna beach is in the top 10 most beautiful beaches of Europe and the best one in Crete, and it deserves it's place in the top.
We only went there once, after visiting other beaches of Crete, and we loved spending an entire day there. It is not only the large beach and the nice sea and the sunset that impressed us, but also all the facilities offered. 2 sunbeds and umbrella cost 15 eur and you could order a large variety of drinks, snacks that will be delivered fresh and fast directly on the beach from the bar/restaurant that is 200 m far. At the restaurant you can enjoy a variety of Mediterranean, Italian food, served impeccably. Everything is very clean, well maintained, you have all the ingredients for spending a perfect day at the beach. The fact that you can only get there by car is a plus, because it doesn't make it look like a very crowded beach, as it does with the ones where ships are anchoring and thousands of tourists are getting on/off.
Written November 13, 2022
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adrian
Paris, France312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Fine, soft sand, clear blue water and free public parking. Beach chair rental is from 10€-30€ for a pair of loungers and food and drinks may be served if you wish (fairly reasonable prices too). Beach staff are cool and professional. Lifeguard on duty. My favorite beach in Crete. Beware, it can be very windy and waves can be powerful.
Written August 8, 2020
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David D
Martinsville, NJ48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We visited this beach during our visit to Chania. Sandy beach with beautiful, crystal clear water. Little bit of surf here both days, but very nice. The food at the beach club was great. We had the prosciutto pizza and the burger and both were great. Front row beds had a 300eur minimum spend, so we took second row for 50eur. Nice cigar selection too.
Written July 30, 2023
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Daniel J
Malmö, Sweden23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
To be in the top 10 beaches in Europe, or even top 100, you need to work with and focus on environmental and sustainable aspects. Mixing all garbage, allow smoking in the sun bed area and not cleaning up litter from guests making it ending up in the sea, is not 4 or 5 star beach. All food and beverage is delivered from the restaurant to the sun beds with four-whealers which creates a lot of disturbing noise and bad smell. Also the jet ski center should move to the outskirts, the risk is high that some tourists collides with people swimming.

The sand is more gravel than sand.

Positive is free parking, free ammendities, clear water and nice waves. Also the mountain view is spectacular.
Written July 9, 2023
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Olga
London, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This beach is stunning; the colour of the water (light blue and turquoise) just blows your mind and it has a huge coastline. The main Falassarna beach can get busy and there are water sports, sunbeds and a great cafe available. You can also go to the smaller Falassarna which is a 5 minute drive North, which is also nice but can also get busy. My partner and I are not huge fans of accessible/touristy beaches but this one is an exception; we had a great time here.
Written July 3, 2021
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aquarius20102013
Bruges, Belgium70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
I’ve visited this beautiful beach twice in the past. Both times over 10 years ago but each time it was very windy with huge waves. Yesterday went there already with our children and the wind was somewhat moderate so we absolutely loved it!!!!!! It’s a long totally beautiful turquoise water beach. The only sad thing I notice like everywhere - people who leave plastics packages, bottles, cigarette butts lying on the sand. PLEASE DON’T DO THIS!!!! Move your ass and throw things to the garbage bin and if the bin is full - don’t be too lazy to get your garbage with you till you find another bin. Don’t be that lazy and that stupid. Don’t spoil the beautiful nature!!!
Written September 6, 2021
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Erdmann78
Düsseldorf, Germany160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We spent a day at Falassarna beach as we wanted to get off from hotel beach for a day. As we were a bit afraid, that the Island's top 3 beaches might be just too overcrowded, we decided for Falassarna. To say from the beginning it is not a small and secluded place. However, there was modern shower facilities and lots of chairs and sunbeds to be rented for a day. We took a daybed in the first row next to the beach which we really enjoyed. The price for a day was with 30,- EUR not even a bargain. Once we got to the sea I totally forgot about the price - perfect clean water, crystal clear, nice sand.... could have been Malibu ;-) It was a great day there. We stayed even till sunset as it is the west coast and I expected to see the sun going down into the sea. At that time the place was not crowded anymore and we really enjoyed the scenery and the atmosphere.
Written August 15, 2020
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Katie
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
An absolutely stunning beach! We drove an hour from Chania and it was more than worth it, paid €20 for cushioned sun beds but there all different types to pick from (can hire cabanas for around €40 euros). We walked further to the right of the beach and found it was much quieter with lots of spare beds around us which was great. There is also a waiter that comes round to take food and drinks orders which is all delivered to your sunbed - loads of choice too.
I cannot emphasise enough how beautiful the water is to swim in, a bit chilly at first but fine once you’re in!
One thing to note is the wind, definitely avoid on a windy day. We came on a day with a normal level of wind and even that was pretty windy, definitely tolerable though and they have wind breakers ( the area we sat in didn’t get have them up ).

A perfect beach day in my opinion :-)
Written June 18, 2022
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany7,218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Falassarna beach is a rather beautiful wide beach with fine-grained sand close to Kissamos city (not worth visiting). As for the natural part: the water, the sand the location next to the dunes - really is beautiful and wortwhwhile. The only reason a point deduction was done are the man-built facilities. The parking spaces seems very improvised and the cafes and restaurant look and feel makeshift. So while nature has done everything to provide Falassarna Beach visitors with a beautiful day, the people running the facilities in and around it, could do a little better.
Written February 5, 2021
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