This beach is huge: sandy with dunes, and shallow turquoise waters; all beneath the towering walls of the Venetian fort. The fort and this beach are in a small plain southeast of the White Mountains to the south of Chania.
The fort was built between 1371-1374 to protect and control the area from rebellious Sfakiots and from pirates. The stones were plundered, already cut and shaped, from the nearby ancient city of Nikita. Today it is restored and in good condition. The legend of the Drosoulites is attached to the fort: some sort of natural optical illusion lies behind the story of how those slain in battle with the Turks appear just before dawn around the anniversary of their death each year.
Organized, with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, it gets crowded. The gently shelving waters make it most suitable for families with young children.
West of Frangokastello, on the road to Chora Sfakion, is Vatalos beach.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Frangokastello, Sfakia, Chania
- free camping No
- nudism No
- beach type Sandy
- accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
- dinning Yes - plenty of choices
- other facilities
Umbrellas, Sun beds and a canteen
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 80 km south of Chania, 12 km east of Chora Sfakion.
By car/motorcycle: Access from Chania and Rethymnon. The second route (from Rethymnon) is smoother and safer, but less impressive than the first (from Chania)!
From Chania: Get on the National Highway from Chania to Heraklion, take the exit for Vryses and then the road to Chora Sfakion. After passing through the plateau of Askifou and the Imbros Gorge, just before Chora Sfakion turn left (east) and follow the signs to the Frangokastello. (travel time: about 1 hour and 20 minutes).
From Rethymnon: Take the road to Plakias; but before reaching Plakias turn east and follow the signs to Rodakino, Chora Sfakion and Frangokastello (travel time: about 1 hour).
By bus: Services run from Chania to Frangokastello.