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Make a self catering apartment or holiday rental in Frangokastello, Crete your home away from home

The small seaside town of Frangokastello is one of the most well-visited landmarks on the island of Crete. It is in a scenic location right on the coast with a backdrop of magnificent mountains. It is famous for its 13th century castle which is still in remarkably good condition. The town has a few small shops and a mini-market and banks and other services are found nearby in Chora Sfakion.

Things to Do in Frangokastello, Crete

The beaches around your Frangokastello holiday home provide ample amenities and things to do each day. The sandy beaches are ideal for sunbathing and the warm shallow waters are the perfect place to cool off with a swim. Go snorkeling or scuba diving, hire a boat, or enjoy the many watersports on offer in the area. After dark the village has a small and friendly bar for Greek style music and entertainment. Frangokastello is known for its excellent restaurants which can be found around the old castle. Local specialities to try are the boureki (baked potato and courgettes), tsigariasto (sauteed kid or lamb) and sfakianes pites which are sweet pastries. The nearby white Mountains offer scenic drives, hiking and outdoor pursuits with fabulous sea views.

Places to Visit in Frangokastello, Crete

The historic castle gave Frangokastello its name and was built by the Venetians in 1371 to defend the island from marauding pirates. The famous Battle of Frangokastello took place in 1828 during the War of Independence and the Cretan troops took refuge from the Turks in the castle. This is all remembered in an annual festival on May 17, when a procession of men dressed in black, riding horses and carrying weapons goes from the ruined Church of Agios Charalambos to the castle. As the sun rises there is a strange phenomenon when ghostly “Drosoulites” appear for about 10 minutes. It draws many curious visitors staying in Frangokastello rentals to see this strange mirage which still recurs at dawn on that day.

Weather in Frangokastello, Crete

Holiday rental homes on Crete enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate and ample sunshine during the hot, dry summer months with August temperatures averaging 28°C (82°F). The island is refreshed by the seasonal breezes in July and August. It can be humid at times. Rainfall during the summer is minimal with some showers from November to March. In winter the lowest daytime temperatures average 14°C (57°F) making it a pleasant year-round destination.

Travel to Frangokastello, Crete

The nearest international airports serving Frangokastello holiday rentals are the Ioannis Daskalogiannis (CHQ) Airport in Chania and the Heraklion (HER) Airport in north central Crete. Cheap flights from Thomsonfly are regularly available from Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London (Gatwick and Luton) Manchester and Newcastle. Jet2 flies from Leeds/Bradford and Budgetair has flights from Cork, Dublin and Shannon to Heraklion (Iraklion). Flights can also be taken to Athens (ATH) International Airport and there are regular ferries from Pireas to Rethymno and Heraklion.

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                                                                                                      Brilliant villa, fantastic views, wonderful pool - simply perfect!

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                                                                                                      The property was well presented with all modern features and came well equipped. We were met on arrival and shown around before opening a complimentry bottle of wine - perfect after a day's travelling! The swimming pool was perfect with a good number of shaded areas to escape the sun if it got to hot. The kitchen/living area was a good size and made for a comfortable stay. The two bathrooms were again a good size. There was a nice dining area outside close the purpose built BBQ area as well as a good sized roof terrace to sit and enjoy a drink watching the sunset over the sea and the amazing scenery. The villa owner also sent a very helpful email with useful information about local attractions and amenities. Likewise, we got a good deal on a hire car to explore the island. Overall we were very pleased with the villa and would definately stay again. James London
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Very beautiful villa and surroundings.

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                                                                                                      We really enjoyed our stay at Vafes. It is a beautiful quiet village and Irini villa was perfect for what we needed. The villa was beautifully restored with many original features. A small kitchen but with 3 tavernas in the village cooking was not essential. I especially recommend the first taverna as you leave Irini house, next to the gift shop on the left. I hope that we shall be returning next year. Liking cats is essential, there are two very friendly cats who will visit. We wanted to take them home with us!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      I can highly recommend this property

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                                                                                                      We stayed in this modern villa with our two daughters and found everything that we required. It was well furnished and clean, the pool an absolute pleasure in the height of summer and the outlook spectacular. It is necessary to have the use of a car and plan days out to discover the best of the rugged south of the island.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016