At the west side of the Prefecture of Chania, at the neck of the Gramvoussa peninsula and in a distance of 59 km away from Chania, Falasarna is located. In the ancient years, Falassarna was a commercial center and the port of Polirinia. The place took its name from the nymph Falassarna. It was an independent city with its own coin, which represented the figure of the head of a woman on one side and the letters FA between a trident on the other side.
Today the fortification walls that surrounded the hill where the acropolis of the city was located are still visible. The harbour was just below the fortifications, on the south side of the peninsula. Due to the rise of the shore, the harbour today is located 100m away from the sea. There were two towers, one on the north and one on the south side of the harbour dating from the fourth century B.C.
It is assumed that the harbour was a pirate stronghold at one time and finally it was destroyed by Romans in the middle of the 1st century B.C. Then the entrance of the harbour was sealed. An interesting stone throne, probably consecrated to Poseidon, the God of Sea, is found on the entrance of the ancient city
The two, covered by fine sand beaches of Falasarna are believed to be the most beautiful in Crete. The longer one is 3 km long and is among the ten best beaches of Greece. The water is crystal, with a blue – green colour. Due to its orientation, the area offers a breathtaking view of the sunset, as the sun submerges to the blue of the sea. The area is peaceful and there are just a few simple taverns.