Stavros (Akrotiri)

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On the northwest flank of the Akrotiri peninsular is Stavros (the Cross) – a sheltered bay with sand and turquoise waters. It is organized – umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and a lifeguard, and plenty of chances for water-sports.

It was here that Michaili Kakoiannis filmed ‘Zorba’, based on the book by Kazantzakis, which took three Oscars in 1964. The film is particularly remembered for the closing scene where Anthony Quin (Zorba) teaches Alan Bates (Basil) to dance the syrtaki.

Stavros is quite popular, and attracts its fair share of tourists in the summer. Nearby there is quite a large number – albeit smallish in size – of hotels, apartments and rooms to rent, many eating places, banks and shops.

Next to the beach is a small harbour that serves the area, whilst a short distance away to the east is another beach with sand and rocks alike. Quieter and less organized, it is open to the north winds that blow, Even so, you should go there, even if only to watch the magnificent sunset!

Though unknown to most, the beach Seitan Limania is rather beautiful

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Additional Info

  • location Stavros (Akrotiri), Chania, Chania
  • free camping No
  • nudism No
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities

    There are sun beds, umbrellas and shower

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Access Info

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Distances: 17 km from Chania.

By car/motorcycle: From Chania, drive northeast to Stavros; after 17 km you will reach the beach.
By bus: There are frequent bus services from Chania to Stavros.

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