Frangokastello is in the beautiful unspoilt South Coast region of Crete known as Sfakia. The location makes a good base from which to explore the island or simply to relax and enjoy the natural beauty and lovely beaches.
Frangokastello is a village at the edge of a farming plain set between mountains and sea.
The stunning mountains make a splendid backdrop and the plain is farmed for olives, sheep and goats by local families.
Frangokastello Castle is a big feature of the landscape. This 13th Century fortress stands just behind one of the beaches and is open (for just a few Euro) to visitors.
Regular concerts are held in the castle and if you are lucky enough for there to be one during your stay you should not miss it.
The immediate area is a large, flat farming plain with plenty of footpaths and tracks ideal for walking or for exploring by mountain bike (local hire available)
A string of beautiful clean and safe beaches fringe the sea edge.
Most of the beaches are natural and wonderfully quiet so that you can find your own private escape even in high season.
Castle beach has sun-beds and umbrellas and food and drinks service from a local taverna.
The sea, here in the south of Crete, is crystal clear and wonderful for swimming. Many of the beaches are absolutely perfect for young non swimmers as the sand shelves very gently and the sea is shallow.
The weather in this region is reliably better than in the north of the island so it is a good choice for both early and late holidays.
The village has numerous tavernas for plenty of dining options.
There are 4 or 5 shops which stock a wide range of provisions and holiday essentials
There is an ATM machine
A small new hospital, close to Chora Sfakion, provides efficient health care.
Fishing trips or simple sightseeing boat trips can be arranged from Frangokastello harbour with a local fisherman.
Is good to hire a car so that you can explore the surrounding area, and this can be booked locally, but it is not essential, and taxi transfers can be arranged from and back to the airport.
Crete has two airports Heraklion and Chania. Both are on the north coast but either is suitable for your arrival in Crete.
By taxi Heraklion Airport is about 2 hours from Frangokastello and Chania about 1 1/2 .... although it is easy driving it will take a little longer if you are driving yourself.
Roads are clearly signposted in bot Greek and English so it is easy to follow a map to reach Frangokastello.
Car hire can be arranged for you with a local company, Sfakia Tours, whose price is truly all inclusive. What you see is what you pay!
Taxi's can also be arranged for you and a driver will greet you at either airport or sea port.