Orthi Ammos is an incredible beach situated near Frangokastelo, 80 km south of Chania, that is bordered by a large valley with a balmy climate. Development in the area has been minimal, in contrast to the neighbouring tourist destination of Frangokastelo. It’s renowned for the enormous sand hills and dunes that have been crafted, as well as its crystal clear waters. The beach is affected by south winds, but not to a great extent. The eastern end of the beach is traditionally visited by nudists, though the numbers are decreasing. Access to the beach is available by either walking 10 minutes from Frangokastelo or parking at the top of the sand hills. Note that the sand can become very hot when descending to the beach!
In contrast to its neighbour, the beach is tranquil. However, there are very few accommodation and food facilities, and no sunbeds or water sport services. The easternmost part of the beach is known as Kritama and is characterised by towering cliffs and azure water.
The legend states that the sand at Orthi Ammos covers the unburied bodies of the 335 Greek heroes who fought against the Turks in the Battle of Frangokastello on 17th May 1828. These heroes are said to be the legendary Drosoulites, or the “ghosts” of Frangokastelo.