Crete | Fragokastello Fortress


Frangokastello is a corruption of the Italian Franco Castello, or castle of the Franks.

It’s a well-preserved rectangular structure based on four corner towers and connecting curtain walls with battlements on top that presents a formidable sight when viewed from below.

The main gate in the south wall, facing thesea, features the marble coat of arms of Saint Mark of Venice and other noble escutcheons.

To get to Frangokastello, drive east from Chania for 33 kilometres, turning right at Vrisis for the winding road to Sfakia, andthen left at the coast — a total of 85 kilometres.

Or you could take a KTEL rural bus from Chaniato Sfakia, and then a local bus to Frangokastello.

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