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Stavros Beach is a beautiful seaside village, located on the
northern side of Akrotiri, in the prefecture of Chania, just 19 km from Chania
town and only 9.5 km from Chania International Airport in Crete.
If you are looking for quiet and peaceful surroundings, as well as a family friendly beach, this will suit you. There are shallow, safe and protected waters here for toddlers.
The village started becoming more and more famous around 1964, when the beach scenes from the famous movie Zorba were filmed. Anthony Quinn is dancing the well-known Greek Syrtaki dance, composed by Mikis Theodorakis, against the backdrop of the picturesque Stavros Mountain.
See that romantic scene in this video clip below.
Stavros Beach is considered
to be both close and far away from the city center of Chania. Close because it's only 19 km
away, so a 30 minute drive at the most, or 40 minutes if you use the public bus
service. Far away, because it's remote enough for you and your family to relax
Stavros Beach has two different areas to choose from, one tight cove right in the corner of the bay underneath the mountain, and one beach just a little further around the point to the west.
The shallow waters of the cove are ideal for small children and relaxing days at the beach, building sand castles or playing in the shallows.
The waters at the beach towards the point tend to get a little more swell, yet they make a nice change from the other beach and it is a little less organised.
The peninsula of Akrotiri has many beaches to visit in a short distance from Stavros Beach. They all have their own character and many good local tavernas too. Visit with a car:
After you have lazed on the beach, swum in the clear aqua waters, dozed on the sand and taken a nap, it might be time to climb Mount Vardies, which all the locals know as the mountain of Stavros, to a small cave, with a magnificent view of Stavros Beaches and coves to the north, all the way across to Chania town and the old port.
From these images below, you can see Akrotiri beaches only.
There are plenty of choices of accommodation on Stavros Beach and dotted around the area. We have chosen a variety that are locally run, where you will experience the real Cretan hospitality.
Skamagkas Apartments - a friendly, family-run place, this is a 'home-away-from-home' with lovely views to the mountain, this is a great choice for all the family. Best to visit with a car, this is a short walk to the beach. Ideal for self-catering and good for the budget. George will look after you, he knows the area really well and speaks English. The family grow vegetables right on the property, so you know they are fresh! Peaceful and quiet.
Villa Penelope - this is a large luxury villa situated just outside of Stavros Beach with immaculate sea views. This villa accommodates 12 people with 6 rooms and 4 bathrooms. Great for your family reunion.
Villa Dimi - this gorgeous villa is a mixture of traditional and modern design with all the good things in life provided for you. This inspiring local architectural home sleeps 10 guests in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. Located 1 km from Kalathas Beach. Ideal for a large family gathering.
Chania is a thriving modern town with a cosmopolitan pulse. We suggest heading directly to the Old Town and wandering through the narrow streets. The town has a mixed history of Ottoman and Venetian periods, ancient sites of Minoan settlement, and is packed with museums, great boutiques, jewellery studios and of course, cafes and restaurants.
Leave time to discover this beautiful town.
There are so many beautiful experiences to choose from within Chania region and in Chania Old Town.
Perhaps take a 3 hour walking tour of the old town tasting Cretan cuisine...
Or take a 4 hour guided stroll through the markets with raki and mezedes tastes..
Or a sunset wine tasting tour, in the bars by the harbour...
The seafood is so fresh here, and there are plenty of tavernas with local Cretan food
Tavernas close by:
Seafood tavernas to try in Chania Old Town:
In the region of Chania, there is just so much nature to explore:
There are great beaches nearby to explore:
And further in the west of Chania, some extraordinary places:
Take a 9 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Chania port.
If you arrive into the airport or port of Chania, it is a short taxi ride to Stavros Beach, a distance of less than 20 km for each.
If you pick up your hire car from Chania Airport, it is a short drive under 10 km with very little traffic, directly north from the airport without having to go into Chania town.
Getting here by flights, ferries, bus and hire car below:
See Stavros Beach to the north east of Chania town on the map below: