Guide: YES (Polish , English )
Falassarna Tour Winery Tour 2023 is our new amazing offer for the 2023 summer season and an absolute must-see for every beach lover! It combines 4 hours on the exotic beach of Falassarna and an interesting visit to the biggest local winery.
Falassarna Beach & Winery Tour 2023 starts by our bus picking up people from the center of Chania at around 09:00 up to Kolymbari (see pickup points list/link) where it arrives at about 09:45. Then we leave for Falassarna beach where we arrive at around 10:45. On our way to Falasarna we drive through beautiful Cretan villages so you discover the beautiful landscape of northwest Crete.
Our driver does his best to make your journey comfortable and our guide speaks Polish and English language, both offering you professional service during our tour.
At Falassarna beach you will have 4 hours of free time to discover its exotic beauty! If you are a sandy beach-lover Falassarna is THE place to be! It spans a large area and consists actually of five beaches, with the two most central being people’s favorite.
After the 4 hours stop at the beach, you will arrive at the village of Drapanias where the Pnevmatikakis Winery is located. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour at one of the biggest local wineries! An amazing experience of wine tasting overlooking the Gulf of Kissamos!
Pnevmatikakis Winery is a family-run winery in Kissamos, with many years of experience, expertise, and extensive presence and contribution to Cretan winemaking. It is located very close to the new National Road of Chania Kissamos, just 6 km before the town of Kissamos.
Pnevmatikakis winery produces a wide range of high-quality wines. In an area of 110 acres with the forecast to reach 210 acres of vineyards and with the contribution of many smaller local producers who cooperate exclusively and for consecutive years with the winery, they can ensure that the raw material is of the highest quality and comes exclusively from the Cretan land. See short video showing vineyards.
Winemaking has become the Pnevmatikakis family’s heritage, through many years of experience and taught by their ancestors. It all started decades before their great-grandfather. The first winery was founded in Potamida (Kissamos) and in 2007 the state-of-the-art winery was built in Drapania (Kissamos).
The new winery also has a stone cellar and wine museum. Their priority is to continue the traditional way of winemaking in combination with modern technology. In ultramodern facilities passion, experience and tradition meet technology to create products of high quality.
On the upper floor of Pnevmatikakis Winery is the Wine Museum, looking towards the panoramic view of the Gulf of Kissamos. The Wine Museum comprises a range of exhibits related to viniculture, the production of raki (tsikoudia), and the daily life of older generations on the island of Crete.
The tour of the winery includes:
Falasarna Beach is an exotic beach located 59 km west of Chania and only 12 km west of Kissamos at the western base of Peninsula Gramvousa. It is one of the most popular destinations in Crete, especially for those who visit the Chania region. At the northern end of the beach, there are the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Falassarna (Ancient Falassarna).
Falassarna is part of the Natura2000 network – due to its variety of flora and fauna and also as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The beach of Falassarna extends over a very large area (about 3 km from one end to the other). For practical purposes, the locals have given names to different parts of the beach, for example, “Bourouni”, “Kalami”, “Agia Paraskevi” etc. The most famous part of the beach Falassarna is called Pachia Ammos – it’s an exotic wide sandy beach about 1km long.
The second biggest beach (Kalami, Katkatsouli Gulisma, and Xirouchi Gulisma) is about 800 meters long and is just as beautiful as the first. Kalami is a great spot for naturism because it’s surrounded by rocks.
The main beach of Falassarna is called Pachia Ammos or the Big Beach. It is an exotic beach with a length of 1km and a width of 150m.
This beach attracts the most visitors in the area, but because of its length, it never seems too crowded. The beach offers umbrellas and a few snack bars and cafes, where you can get food and drinks. There are also services for water sports and beach volley courts.
Falassarna beach has been voted the most beautiful beach of Crete and is rated as one of the 10 best beaches in Europe!
Its crystal clear waters and wonderful white and pink sand will convince you for sure. Falassarna is the best place for all groups: families with children, couples, and singles. It’s quite a long beach so you are not right one on top of each other and you can find sunbeds and umbrellas almost all the time.
ANCIENT FALASSARNA INFORMATION
Ancient Falassarna or Korykos was the main port of ancient Polyrinia and flourished in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. The ruins of Polyrinia are located 6km south of Kissamos. It is named after the local nymph Falassarni. Falasarna had its own coin, with a woman on one side and the letters ΦΑ on the other.
In the ruined city, north of the beach, you can still see the city walls, ruins of the Acropolis remains of houses, ancient tombs, and a stone throne, which is believed that be dedicated to the God of the Sea, Poseidon. Today, the ancient port is located on the shore, probably to an elevation of 6-9 m caused by the strong earthquake of 365 AD. Also, a part of the city seems to be immersed in the sea.
The ancient city of Falassarna was a major trading center. In ancient times Falassarna included the promontory with the hill of the Acropolis, above the city harbor.
From there the ancient Falassarnians controlled the sea trade routes to North Africa and Italy. The city-state was organized early with a legal status and political system, resulting in the development of a progressive society and other edifices of military architecture. Ancient geographers emphasized the “enclosed” harbor, artificially constructed around the pre-existing lagoon.
The main source of its economy was its relationship with the sea thanks to which infrastructure was created, which made it a strong naval power. In the 4th BC, the Falassarnians fortified the city with walls.
The mechanical art of the port shows Phoenician elements, while the famous “throne” of Falassarna, located along the rural road to the archeological site is probably dedicated to the Phoenician goddess Astarte, patroness of sailors.
The Falassarnian sailors traded with the people of the East and the Mediterranean and had close relations with the Phoenicians, while their study of military matters and their skill in the martial arts made them rich as mercenaries and as advisers to the highest military echelons of great Hellenistic kingdoms.
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