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Orthi Ammos beach

Beach description

Orthi Ammos is a stunning sandy, shallow beach located next to Frangokastelo, 80km south of Chania, on the edge of a large valley with a warm climate. It has seen modest development compared to the neighboring tourist hotspot of Frangokastelo.

The beach is known for its vast sand hills and dunes, as well as its crystal-clear waters. Although it is affected by southern winds, the impact is mild. The eastern section of the beach has traditionally been a spot for nudists, though their numbers have dwindled in recent years. The beach can be reached by a 10-minute walk from Frangokastelo or by parking above the sand hills. But beware, the sand can get very hot on the descent to the beach!

Compared to adjacent Frangokastelo, Orthi Ammos is a peaceful beach. However, it offers limited accommodations and food amenities, without any sunbeds or water sports services. Its easternmost part, known as Kritama, is marked by high cliffs and turquoise water.

Legend has it that the sand of Orthi Ammos hid the unburied bodies of the 335 Greek heroes who fought against the Turks in the Battle of Frangokastelo on 17 May 1828. These heroes’ spirits are known as the Drosoulites, the famed “ghosts” of Fort Frangokastelo.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is the meaning of Orthi Ammos?

Orthi Ammos means “upright sand” in Greek, referring to the steep slope of the Orthi Ammos beach.

Is Orthi Ammos a popular beach?

Orthi Ammos is a relatively secluded beach, so it is not as popular as some of the more well-known beaches in the area.

What activities can I do at Orthi Ammos?

Orthi Ammos is a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. The clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Is there any shade at Orthi Ammos?

There are no natural shade structures at Orthi Ammos, so it is recommended to bring your own umbrella or sunshade.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Orthi Ammos?

There are no restaurants or cafes directly on the Orthi Ammos beach, but there are several options within a short driving distance.

Is there a parking area at Orthi Ammos?

Yes, there is a small parking area near the Orthi Ammos beach. However, it can fill up quickly during peak season.

What is the water colour of the Orthi Ammos beach?

The water colour of the Orthi Ammos beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Orthi Ammos beach?

The Orthi Ammos beach has sand.

How deep is the water at the Orthi Ammos beach?

The water at the Orthi Ammos beach is shallow.

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

The sea surface at the Orthi Ammos beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Orthi Ammos beach?

The Orthi Ammos beach has normal crowds.

What facilities are available at the Orthi Ammos beach?

The Orthi Ammos beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, and umbrellas/beds.

How can I access the Orthi Ammos beach?

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

What other information should I know about the Orthi Ammos beach?

The Orthi Ammos beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

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