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Fragokastelo beach

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About Fragokastelo beach

Fragokastelo (ie the castle of the Franks) is one of the most famous beaches of West Crete, due to the historical Venetian castle on the beautiful beach and the legend of Drosoulites ghosts. It is located 13km east of Hora Sfakion, 80km southeast of Chania, in a small valley south of the White Mountains massif.
The main beach of Frangokastelo is truly magnificent, with sand and shallow turquoise waters, ideal for children and families. It is well organized and is quite busy in the peak summer months. The only problem you may encounter here is the often irritating winds blasting from the north, transporting the sand from the beach like sandblasting. There are many rooms, restaurants, cafes and shops in the area, ATM; the nearest hospital is located in Sfakia. West of the main beach you will find the long beach Vatalos and a very important wetland (in winter), which is sandy and has pebbles and rocks in places, making it ideal for snorkelling. If you walk 300m to the east, from the main beach, you will find yourself on the magnificent beach of Orthi Ammos, famous for its sand hills.
To get here by car from the north coast of Crete you will need to take the National Road connecting Chania and Heraklion. Take the exit to Vrysses and drive on the road to Chora Sfakion (Sfakia). You will cross the plateau of Askyfou and then drive into the impressive gorge of Imbros, which leads to the south coast of the province Sfakia. Then, follow the signs to Fragokastelo. The journey takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. If you drive from Rethymnon, follow the road to Plakias and before Plakias continue east to Rodakino and then to Fragokastelo. The journey takes approximately one hour and is easier, but less impressive than the journey through the Imbros Gorge. Alternatively, you can visit Fragokastelo by bus from Chania.




What is Fragokastelo beach?

Fragokastelo beach is a beautiful sandy beach located in the south of Crete, Greece.

Is Fragokastelo beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Fragokastelo beach is suitable for swimming. The water is clear and calm, making it perfect for a refreshing swim.

Are there any water sports available at Fragokastelo beach?

No, there are no water sports available at Fragokastelo beach. However, visitors can enjoy snorkeling and diving in the clear waters.

Is there any accommodation near Fragokastelo beach?

Yes, there are several hotels and apartments near Fragokastelo beach, as well as camping sites for those who prefer to stay closer to nature.

What is the best time to visit Fragokastelo beach?

The best time to visit Fragokastelo beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.

Is there any parking available at Fragokastelo beach?

Yes, there is a parking area near Fragokastelo beach where visitors can park their cars for free.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Fragokastelo beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Fragokastelo beach where visitors can enjoy a meal or a drink while admiring the beautiful view.

Is Fragokastelo beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Fragokastelo beach is suitable for families with children. The water is shallow and calm, making it safe for children to swim. There is also a playground nearby for children to play.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has sand.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The water at the beach is shallow.

What is the surface of the sea like at the beach?

The surface of the sea at the beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach usually has normal crowds.

What facilities are available at the beach?

The beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, sports, and showers.

How can I access the beach?

The beach can be accessed through bus services and a paved road.

Is there any other information about the beach?

The beach is ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby
  • Umbrellas / beds
  • Sports
  • Showers


  • Normal

Water depths

  • Shallow

Beach sand type

  • Sand

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Bus services

Other information

  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing

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