Fragokastelo (or Frangokastelo), commonly known as ‘the castle of the Franks’, is a renowned beach located in the west of Crete. This stunning beach is situated 13km east of Hora Sfakion, 80km southeast of Chania, in a small valley of the White Mountains. It is famed for the Venetian castle and the famous legend of the Drosoulites ghosts.
The main beach of Frangokastelo is a majestic sight, boasting shallow turquoise waters, sand and a great atmosphere, making it a perfect destination for families and children. However, the winds can be quite harsh, often carrying the sand away like sandblasting. Nearby, there are restaurants, cafes, shops and even an ATM and the nearest hospital is located in Sfakia. Additionally, just 300m to the east is Orthi Ammos beach which is famed for its sand dunes.
To get to Fragokastelo, one can take the National Road from either the north coast of Crete (Chania to Heraklion) or from Rethymnon to Plakias and then Rodakino to Fragokastelo. The journey from Chania takes 1 hour and 20 minutes and the journey from Rethymnon takes approximately one hour and is less impressive than the Imbros Gorge journey. Alternatively, visitors can take the bus from Chania to Fragokastelo.