Fragokastello Beach

Frangokastello is a medieval castle located on the south coast of Crete, about 12 km east of Chora Sfakion, in Chania prefecture. It is one of the main attractions of the area and famous for the phenomenon known as Drosoulites, observed in the plains around the castle every year in late spring. Drosoulites in Frangokastello said to resemble figures of horsemen or soldiers. Tradition says that it is the ghosts of soldiers killed in a bloody battle that took place there. The scientific explanations attribute the phenomenon to a mirage or illusion. Located on the south coast of Crete and is 18 km east of Sfakia.

According to Venetian records, the castle was built in the period 1371 to 1374 by the Venetians, then rulers of the island of Crete, in order to be protected from pirates and from the often rebellious Sfakians. According to local tradition, the castle was being built day by Venetians soldiers and evening Sfakians with their heads six brothers tripe demolished that had been built during the day. Eventually the Venetians captured and executed brothers tripe and managed to complete the castle.

Apart from the medieval castle in Frangokastello, Greek and foreign tourists attracted the beautiful beaches: beach of Frangokastello, Vatallos, Koutelos and Good Sand.

Location of Fragokastello Beach

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