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Stavros beach


Stavros beach (i.e. cross), is located 17km east of Chania, on the north end of cape Akrotiri.


Access By: Car/bus Blue Flag: Yes
Beach Type: Sand Depth: Shallow
Temperature: Normal/warm Organised: Yes
Natural Shade: No Crowded: Yes
Windy: No Family-friendly: Yes


Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets.


The main sandy beach is located east of the village, next to the small harbor.
This gently shelving beach is right opposite a steep mountain which protects it from the winds.
The beach has shallow waters and resembles a lagoon.

The above distinctive mountain gained international recognition in 1964 when the beach was used as a set for the filming of the famous syrtaki dance in the awarded movie “Zorba the Greek”, starring Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates.

The second sandy beach of Stavros is about 200m northwest of the main beach.
The seabed is rocky and is relatively quieter.

The two beaches are separated by an ancient quarry which may have been used to provide stone to build the monasteries of Akrotiri.

How to reach Stavros

Stavros is accessible from Chania with public buses.


  1. Stephen, June 11, 2013 at 00:24

    What is going on in this region, Stavros,Tersanas and other beaches
    In the surrounding areas.
    Surely the aim is to get tourists to the area not drive them away.
    No umbrellas, No sun beds, Restaurants closed, who’s in charge I ask
    The tourist board needs some serious advice and help.
    A Miserable tourist who has been to Greece for holidays for over 40 years.

  2. Cretamap, June 3, 2013 at 15:04

    Unfortunately this year the invitations to tender regarding the placing and exploitation of sun beds and umbrellas in several beaches weren’t approved on time, and Stravros was among them.

    Nevertheless, we sincerely hope you had a wonderful time on your holidays.

  3. val andersen, June 3, 2013 at 13:54

    We love Stavros beach but in May there were no sunbeds or umbrellas why not?


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