Frangokastello

Frangokastello is one of the most famous beaches of Crete, famous for the local Venetian castle on the beautiful beach and the legendary ghosts of Drosoulites. It is located 13 km east of Chora Sfakion, 79 km south-east of Chania, in a small valley south of the White Mountains in Crete. It was built by the Venetians between 1371 and 1374 and was used as a garrison in the region. It has the shape of a simple rectangular, with towers at each corner and a main gate. According to an interesting legend, shadows of armed Greek soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Frangokastello on 17 th May 1828 seem to march towards the fortress around dawn. They are called Drosoulites or dew-men due to the time of day that the phenomenon is taking place and can be seen every year, on the anniversary of the battle or even in early June.

Frangokastello

Frangokastello is one of the most famous beaches of Crete, famous for the local Venetian castle on the beautiful beach and the legendary ghosts of Drosoulites. It is located 13 km east of Chora Sfakion, 79 km south-east of Chania, in a small valley south of the White Mountains in Crete. It was built by the Venetians between 1371 and 1374 and was used as a garrison in the region. It has the shape of a simple rectangular, with towers at each corner and a main gate. According to an interesting legend, shadows of armed Greek soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Frangokastello on 17 th May 1828 seem to march towards the fortress around dawn. They are called Drosoulites or dew-men due to the time of day that the phenomenon is taking place and can be seen every year, on the anniversary of the battle or even in early June.

Highlights

  • Explore the fortress of Frangokastello and meet Drosoulites.
  • Enjoy the sheltered sandy beach of Frangokastello, in front of the
    fortress with shallow turquoise waters, ideal for children.
  • Visit the long sandy beach Vatalos on the west of the main beach with
    pebbles and rocks ideal for snorkelling.
  • Visit the magnificent beach of Orthi Ammos, 300m east from the main
    beach, famous for the large sand dunes.
  • Visit the beautiful beach of Rodakino (Polyrizos) with clean, shallow
    waters, nice sand, a few umbrellas and trees for shade.

Highlights

  • Explore the fortress of Frangokastello and meet Drosoulites.
  • Enjoy the sheltered sandy beach of Frangokastello, in front of the
    fortress with shallow turquoise waters, ideal for children.
  • Visit the long sandy beach Vatalos on the west of the main beach with
    pebbles and rocks ideal for snorkelling.
  • Visit the magnificent beach of Orthi Ammos, 300m east from the main
    beach, famous for the large sand dunes.
  • Visit the beautiful beach of Rodakino (Polyrizos) with clean, shallow
    waters, nice sand, a few umbrellas and trees for shade.

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