The large plain of Frankokastello, the overwhelming beauty of the landscape, the monuments, the history and legends – all combine to make this a place unique within Crete: it is an ideal base to explore both the Sfakia region and east into the south part of the Rethymnon Prefecture.
Moving from east to west this time in the exploration of the local beaches, the first you come to, by road, is that of Orthi Ammos.
This owes its name (Tall Sand) to the lofty sand-dunes which surround it. It is a quiet and sheltered spot, not developed: sandy and with crystal-clear waters. The locals use it to avoid the crowds elsewhere, but it is well enough known now to all and sundry. At the east end nudism is tolerated.
This beach is huge: sandy with dunes, and shallow turquoise waters; all beneath the towering walls of the Venetian fort. Organized, with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, it gets crowded. The gently shelving waters make it most suitable for families with young children.
West of Frankokastello, on the Chora Sfakion road, are the beaches first of Vatalos and then of Koutelos.