Hora (or Chora) Sfakion and Frangokastello, Satellite image

Frangokastello, Google Earth

The capital of Sfakiá is Hóra Sfakíon, a small town of just 500 inhabitants. It is found on the Southern coast at the end of the Imbros Gorge, 74km south of Chania. In its small harbour, the small boats from Agia Roumeli dock in the summer, bringing the hikers from the Samaria Gorge to take buses back to Chania. It is a small town with a main harbourfront of tavernas and minimarkets.

Hóra Sfakíon prospered during the Venetian and Turkish occupations and up to the 18th century carried on a flourishing trade with its own small fleet. It was said to have had a hundred churches but the town suffered badly from wartime bombardment during and after the Allied evacuation.


Not far east from Hóra Sfakíon, half the way to Plakias, is Frangokastello, literally "Frankish castle". The Venetian fortress here was built in 1371 to deter pirates and unsuccessfully, to control Sfakiá. It is largely ruined but is picturesquely set on a wide sandy beach with the towering White Mountains behind. Daskalogiannis was captured here in 1771

Sfakia municipality, population 2446 in the year 2001:

Frangokastello and Lakki Beach near the Castle, images from STIGMES, the magazine of Crete: http://stigmes.gr

Agia Roumeli

Near Agia Roumeli was the ancient city of Poikilassos

Agios Nektarios

Agios Nektarios Google Earth


Aradaina or Aradaina, a village at the Aradena Gorge, population 15 in 2001, medieval church of Agios Efstratios.


Argoules Google Earth


Asfendos Google Earth


Imbros Google Earth


Kapsodasos or Kapsodassos


See also

Divisions of the Chania prefecture

Provinces of the Chania prefecture

Apokoronas | Kissamos | Kydonia | Selino | Sfakia

Municipalities of the Chania prefecture

Akrotiri | Anatoliko Selino | Armeni | Chania | Eleftherios Venizelos | Fres | Georgioupoli | Innachori | Kandanos | Keramia | Kissamos | Kolymvari | Kryonerida | Mousouri | Mythimna | Nea Kydonia | Pelekanos | Platanias | Sfakia | Souda | Theriso | Vamos | Voukolies

Non-municipal communities of the Chania prefecture

Asi Gonia | Gavdos

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