Falassarna is the name of an ancient settlement at Cape Koutri on Crete's west coast, by the sourthern end of the big Gramvoussa peninsula and by the northern edge of the bay of Livadi. The name today stands for the 3 km long sandy beach that lines the bay.
The wind from the sea formed it from sandstone, and at some places one can still find some odd remnants of the former sandstone rocks.
The last kilometers of the way to Falassarna are not easy to find. One first has to cross the town of Kastelli Kissamos and to pass its two ports, until the world seems to end.
|Slide show | Falassarna: Riping olives above the bay||
After turning left, one will reach the village of Platanos, and will have to search for one of the signs pointing to Falassarna. Some of them are hidden between high grass.
The efforts will pay as above the bay, unique views of the sea and the surrounding mountains will open. And the beach anyway ranks as one of Crete's finest.
Road distance: 123 km