Chania is a fascinating tapestry of splendid beaches, historical treasures, and landscapes encompassing vibrant sea-side resorts and picturesque villages, where locals share their culture, delightful cuisine and generous spirit of hospitality.
Akrotiri with is charming villages is one of the most popular places for a summer escape in Crete. The most northern point of Crete, the large island is surrounded by stunning blue waters and no end of gorgeous beaches. However, what people sometimes forget is that Chania has just as much to offer travelers inland.
Akrotiri, Chania is home to some of the most beautiful sites in Crete, with cultural history, dramatic landscapes and a plethora of charming towns and villages scattered all over the island.
Some of Akrotiri’s locations are well known, such as the stunning beaches of Tersanas, Marathi, Loutraki and the charming villages of Chorafakia, Stavros and Pithari. However, this area holds plenty of hidden gems, quiet communities that are perfect for experiencing the authentic Crete.
There is a unique culture in the area of Akrotiri that sets it apart from anywhere else in Crete. From the cuisine to how they spend their time with family and their hospitality. There are many ways to discover this way of life, but exploring the lesser-travelled but equally stunning locations on the island is one of the best!
Here at ARENCORES, we’ve listed just some of our favourite towns and villages in Akrotiri that provide the perfect day trip full of things to see and do, to help you have the holiday of a lifetime or identify a property that could be your home in Crete.
Stavros is a relatively small sea-side village located approximately 15 Km from the charming city of Chania in the northernmost part of the Akrotiri peninsula. It is well-known for the filming of Zorba the Greek starring Anthony Quinn, who danced the legendary Syrtaki in 1964.
Two of the most popular Blue Flag certified beaches in Chania are located in Stavros. The main and most famous beach is located east of the Stavros village, at the foot of Vardies Mountain, and next to a charming harbour. Surprisingly, this beach is not always busy, while countryside is unspoiled and promising a true relaxation.
This is a spectacular getaway, embraced by rocks from the both sides creating an impressive scenery that is really worth seeing. The crystal clear water is warm and great for swimming.
The second beach of Stavros is located approximately 200m northwest of the main beach and is much smaller, less crowded and less organized, nonetheless much cleaner.
This is an ideal choice for those prefer some peace and quiet. Because the beach is exposed to the weather, on windy days you have to be careful and follow the lifeguards’ advice. Adjacent to the beach you can see the remains of an ancient quarry, used for extracting limestone to construct the magnificent Walls of Chania during the Venetian Era.
Whether your perfect holidays may include water activities such as surf, SCUBA diving, snorkeling or kayak; or maybe something quieter like watching a sunset, sunbathing, playing in the sand or swimming in the sea, you’ll find that Stavros beaches are the destination to go for.
Definitely, Stavros is a place to add to your activity checklist. It is undeniably an underwater paradise for divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. Moreover, Stavros Beaches’ access and services include a beach volley court lifeguard, toilets, showers, sunbeds and umbrellas.
Stavros also provides a nice leisurely day out, while restaurants will spoil with fresh sea food, local delicacies and wine. Set high above the picturesque harbour in Stavros, you will find a magical culinary oasis amongst the glimmering lights of the village and the sea.
Local produce and delicacies are prepared with traditional care and a slight modern twist and served with a local wine, while the service and setting inspire a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that is quite unequaled.
Stavros is a beautiful and peaceful village offers a perfect holiday retreat. A camel-shaped bay has a harbor and a beach, where vacationers and locals gather to enjoy the sun and warm clear water.
This is an unpretentiously romantic retreat, surrounded with unspoiled nature, a magnificent place to swim and enjoy sunshine. The quiet village of Stavros is especially suitable for those, who want to escape the bigger resorts in the area and find a beautiful and astonishing place to relax!
Stavros is located 25 minutes away from Chania International Airport and 35 minutes from the Souda port.
A land of incredible natural beauty, fascinating history, and colorful folklore, Akrotiri arguably has something for everyone. From quaint coastal villages to magnificent gorges, historical monasteries and spectacular beaches accompanied by the ever impressive background of the White Mountains Akrotiri is a spectacular place to live. Akrotiri is yet another area in Chania that has to be seen in its entirety to realize its true beauty.
The Akrotiri Peninsula, to the northeast of Chania, is a barren, mountainous stretch of rock covered with scrub. It has a few coastal yet, beautiful sea-side resorts, Chania’s International Airport, a NATO naval base on Souda Bay and three fascinating monasteries: the Monastery of Agia Triada (Trinity) built in 17thcentury, the Monastery of Gouverneto of 16th century and of course, the Monastery of Agios Ioannis (Saint John) of 7th century, which is the oldest in Crete.
The beach settlement of Kalathas, 10km north of Chania, has two sandy beaches lined by pine trees. It is the preferred weekend haunt both for locals and visitors, many of whom own summer and weekend houses nearby. Three kilometres north of Kalathas is the small beach settlement of Tersanas.
Stavros, 6km north of Kalathas, is little more than a dilapidated scattering of houses and an array of restaurants and hotels, plus a famous cove.
Akrotiri is a great destination for both action and relaxation so everyone could find suitable activities to join. Each season has something special to offer like wonderful sunsets, hiking trails in the dramatic landscape, bird watching etc. Spend the day on the beach, try the local Cretan dishes and enjoy the stunning nature all year around!
You can visit the charming, traditional villages close to Akrotiri, among which is the picturesque village Stavros, the beautiful villages Sternes, Kounoupidiana, Korakies, Pithari, Aroni and the magnificent beaches of Loutraki and Marathi-the seaport of the ancient city Aptera.
With its world famous cuisine, fabulous history that dates back to the Minoan times, and unbeatable charm shared between the dramatic mountain peaks of the White Mountains, magnificent gorges, and miles of stunning coastline, Chania could easily be considered one of the most attractive, yet of exceptionally beauty regions in the world.
A stroll in the Old City with its pretty Venetian quarter and criss-crossed by narrow lanes is a like book on the history of architecture. Romans, Saracen Arabs, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and Egyptians ruled and influenced the area from the 13th until the 19th century.
One of the best ways to soak up the essence of this beautiful corner in the Mediterranean Sea is to explore the charming, historic villages scattered along its coast or inside its enchanting, unspoilt countryside. Trek through Europe’s longest gorge, cycle among orchards on Apokoronas peninsula or enjoy swimming to exceptional Blue Flag beaches.
Chania is certainly the most picturesque seaside town in Crete. With its exceptionally well preserved historic and architectural features, making the city unique and attractive for all visitors all year around.
However, step into the “inner Crete” – is a fascinating way to discover Crete’s authenticity, cultural traditions and the natural beauty of this magnificent location.
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