Frangokastello is located on the southwest coast of Crete, about 65 km from the city of Chania. Frangokastello belongs to the prefecture of Chania. One of my favorite track, the way is the goal: the itinerary from Chania in the main direction "Vrisses" to the Askifou plain and then parallel to the "Imbros" gorge down to Frangokastello. A discovery for all senses. Have a browse through our destination - decription and get yourself in the holiday mood with our video!
The section of Askifou-Table-Land winding through the white mountains towards to the coastal village of Frangokastello. And yet Frangokastello stretch of a coastline of 4 km sandy beaches is not nearly as well-known as other south-coast-parts of Crete, such as Plakias or Paleochora. But its stunning scenery is just as compelling as the other south-coast-villages. The fortification and several gorges dot the mountainous landscape.
You will be accompanied by the scents of wild herbs, cedar and cypress trees to the coast region to Frangokastello. While the surrounding canyons, valleys and plateaus of Frangokastello are very green, the coastal region is quite dry. This region has golden sandy beaches. Frangokastello is a paradise for ramblers, sun seekers, mountaineers and nature lovers, but not for luxury lovers. There are only a few small family run hotels and cottages. There are now 12 tavernas, 3 supermarkets. It is a hamlet with few accommodations with only one road. Frangokastello is a popular destination for individualists and for the locals. Some Cretans build their weekend cottage here. Getting to Frangokastello is easy. The motorway is well maintained and sign posted in latin letters. The motorway leads from the Askifou Plateau through some short tunnels to the south coast. Very impressive is the last part of the road. Panoramic sea views from over 400 m sea level to the coastal region of Frangokastello and to the island Gavdos.
Hiking around Frangokastello:
1. The Kallikratis Gorge, a light and short gorge hike (2.5 hours, round and back about 6 hours). Initially you walk on asphalt and later on well-paved roads. This walking tour is also possible with sports shoes and it can be done with children. This route is part of the European path E4. In summer it is very hot in this gorge, as there is no shade, so please pay attention to headgear. Mark for this trail is the yellow and black sign the European trail "E4".
Frangokastello to Kallikratis Canyon: Drive towards Imbros, then towards Asfendos and then Kallikratis direction of Frangokastello. The walk starts at the local end of the village Kallikratis. The village is also worth a visit as it is in a small fertile valley. A small white church with a sundial adorns the place Kallikratis.
2.Walking through the Imbros Gorge a lovely experience for the whole family: From Frangokastello through the Imbros Gorge: a beautiful, pleasant and short hike (8.4 Km) it can be done with children. Drive from Frangokastello to the north to the village of Imbros, there is the entrance of the Imbros Gorge. The entrance currently costs 2 euros per person. The trail leads through a dried river bed (much rubble!) Mark for this walking tour are small cairns. This nice Gorge is not crowded.
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