It took its name from the 14th century fortress that dominates this stretch of coastline. The fort was built next to the beach to assure protection against pirates and Cretan rebels. During the battle for Independence many Greek soldiers were slain within the fort and their martyrdom became legendary. Locals claim to this day that around 17 of May each year the ghosts of the slain soldiers appear in the misty dawn light and march from the castle to the sea. This is a phenomenon that intrigues visitors and locals over the ages!
The Frangokastello of today is a scattering of accommodation, a handful of tavernas and two or three minimarkets positioned alongside the beautiful beaches situated east and west of the old fort and beneath the region’s spectacular mountain backdrop.
People come here for many reasons the area is a delight for walkers with cozy coastal paths and challenging gorges; The light backfill of the place makes it ideal for those seeking pure relaxation; and for those who love to explore, heading west by boat or east by car it’s possible to discover the natural raw beauty that lies all along the south coast.