Frangokastelo is on the South side of Crete, 13 kilometers East of Sfakia and West of Plakia. It is a magnificent fortress of 1371 that was built by the Venetians as a defense against pirates and rebel Sfakiots, who resented the Venetian occupation as much as they did the Turkish. It was here in 1770 that Ioannis Daskalogiannis surrendered to the Turks. On 1828 many Cretan rebels, led by Hadzi Mihalis Dalanis, were killed here by the Turks. Legend has it that at dawn each anniversary the ghosts “Drosoulites” of Hadzi Mihalis Dalanis and his followers can be seen riding along the beach. The castle overlooks a gently sloping sandy beach where you can find unspoilt taverns and cafeterias.
Northwest of Kissamos is the beautifully wild and remote Gramvousa, whose main attraction is the stunning lagoon like sandy beach of Balos on Cape Tigani on