Ancient Falasarna was located at the western end of Gramvousa’s cape, on the western shores of Crete. During ancient times, its name was “Karykos” and encompassed the rocky head where the acropolis was situated, with the amazing view at the western seas of Crete.
Falasarna, was one of Crete’s most significant ports that bloomed during the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. The origin of its name is attributed to a nymph, a local heroine, named Falasarna.
The first historian mentioning Falasarna is Skyllax the Karmandeus (mid. 3rd cent. B.C.) and he does so in as follows: “a day’s journey from Lakedaimona, there is the end of Crete, on which the first city is built towards the side where the sun declines and is named Falasarna. It has a closed port”.
Nowadays, the port along with its facilities, are on the land, after the shore’s elevation (6-9 m.), probably due to the strong earthquake in 365 A.C.