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Falasarna, Crete Island: 8 reviews and 13 photos

  Ruler of Falasarna!
by AcornMan

The ancient city of Falasarna, located just about 1.5 km north of the modern village of Falasarna on a rough dirt and gravel road is still being excavated. The excavations have exposed some of the walls and buildings of the city. The geographical rise of Crete has put the ancient harbour on dry land. Falasarna was a commercial naval power during the Hellenistic period and also the harbour of Polirinia. An interesting throne, carved out of rock (see my photos), is on the dirt track as you enter the ancient city. The acropolis of the city was on the peninsula in front, on top of the hill. The fortification walls around the hill are still visible. The harbour was just below the fortifications, on the south side of the peninsula. There are no signs of the harbour now, since it is above ground. There were two towers, one on the north and one on the south side of the harbour dating from the fourth century BC. A second channel allowed an exit from the harbour on the bay at the north side of the acropolis, 100 meters further on. It is assumed that this was a pirate stronghold at one time.

Address: Prefecture of Chania
Directions: Follow west the New National road until the end, drive in Platanos direction and you will see a sign on the right.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 18, 2005
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