Chania – Falassarna Falassarna Beach and cave of Saint John

Chania – Falassarna Falassarna Beach and cave of Saint John

  • One of the most beautiful beaches in Greece
  • Swim in incredible crystal-clear water
  • Best spot for sunset
  • Romantic getaway

Participants should have:

Beach equipment / hat / sunscreen / comfortable shoes & clothes

General Information

The exotic beach of Falassarna is located 59km west of the city of Chania. At the northern end of the beach are the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Phalassarna.
On your way to Falasarna beach you will stop a stop at the cave of Marathokefala. Inside the cave you will find a 15th century temple and 17th century cells! According to local tradition, it's the cave where Saint John founded the island's ascetic tradition.
After a short stop, we continue to the beach of Falassarna, where the sand is whitish and the water has a tropical colour. The main beach of Falassarna is called Pachia Ammos. It is an exotic beach with a length of 1 km and a width of 150 m. This beach attracts the most visitors of the area, but because of its length it never seems too crowded.
Umbrellas are provided and there are a few snack bars and cafes where you can get food and water. There are also water sports facilities and beach volley courts.
The area around Falassarna is beautiful and is a protected nature reserve.
The sunset at Falassarna is said to be the best in Crete. How could it not be the best when you are in such a stunning landscape and there is no obstacle between the beach and the horizon?

Saint John the Hermit Cave, Marathokefala

A Historical Cave located just 3 km south of the Coastal Village Kolimbari in a sloppy area with a spectacular view to the Mediterranean sea. It is richly decorated with numerous stalactites and stalagmites. Inside the cave there is temple of the 15th century and the foundations of old cells that date back in the 17th-18th century. It is believed that the cave was also used as a sanctuary in the pre-Christian Era. On 6-7 October takes place the feast of St. John the Hermit and on December 24, on Christmas Eve, the Nativity of Christ is represented with real animals, and is very famous throughout Greece. This is where St. John the Hermit, the founder of the Catholicon Monastery lived for three years. He led an ascetic life in the nude for a long time in this part of the island.

Please note: Rubbish disposal apart from the designated areas is strictly prohibited. Food & Refreshments are provided inside the restaurants and cafes which is not included in the price


Indicative Time-Table

Trip duration:
14:00-15:20: Hotel Pick-Up
15:30-16:10: Visit in Saint John the Hermit Cave at Marathokefala
17:00: Arrival at Falassarna Beach-free time
20:30: Departure from Falassarna Beach
21:30: Arrival at Chania

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