The ancient city of Falasarna
is located in the middle of the west coast of Crete, at the tip of the Gramvousa cape. Pottery from the surrounding area proves that the city was already inhabited in the Middle Minoan period, while its development is depicted by the Archaic and Classical tombs discovered in the nearby area. The city was at its peak between the middle of the 4th century B.C. and the middle of the 1st century B.C. During this period a walled harbour was constructed, coins were issued and naval trade and warfare was developed, exploiting the city's strategic position in-between the Aegean - Egypt and Western - Eastern Mediterranean sea crossroads. The Romans destroyed the city in 67 B.C., most probably because of its turning to piracy. Relics of houses, temples and quarries have been located around the harbour area.
Falasarna bay seems to be active since Middle Minoan period as a naval station, in the form of a natural protected basin communicating with the sea. Around the middle of 4th century B.C. works took place in the basin and the entrance, so the city of Falasarna acquired a modern internal closed harbour that determined its peak, being an important naval trading and warfare center. Sea level rose about 20cm until the 2nd century B.C. and the port's functionality was affected, forcing builders to intervene and elevate the surrounding construction levels. After the 2nd century B.C. the port was used as a pirate hideout, which drew the Romans attention and led to its destruction. Boulders found in the canal prove that the entrance was deliberately blocked, while stone bullets located in the basin are evidence of hostilities. Total annihilation occurred during the 4th century A.D., probably in 365 A.D., when the whole area rose by about 6.6m due to a severe earthquake. The city and the port were buried irreversibly by tectonic action.

Nowadays Falassarna constitute a mainly rural region which residents of village Platanos ( in distance approximately (5 km)  cultivate vegetables. They mainly produce horticultural greenhouse products such as (Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Melons) During the summer time tourist activity exists  because the place has one of the best beaches in Greece.


Our place deserves your visit for sure.