Stavros beach

Stavros beach

 

Stavros, located at the northern edge of the Akrotiri peninsula boasts the famous beach where the dance of Alexis Zorbas was filmed. The location is stunning with golden sand stretching along a turquoise bay at the foot of a steep hill.
There is a second longer (and quieter) beach to the West. It's also sandy but there are quite a few rocks that make going into the water a bit tricky in places.

 

Type of beach: fine sand

Size of beach: two beaches, a small bay 300 m and a longer north facing beach 700 m

Crowds: the bay can get very busy especially at weekends. The longer beach is always very quiet.

Winds: the bay is very sheltered, the long beach can get windy and have waves if north wind blows.

Facilities

Sunbeds and umbrellas - yes, unfortunately far more expensive than anywhere else in western Crete (in 2019)

Changing room - yes

Shower - yes

Safe for children - the bay is ideal for children. The western beach is open to the North and can have waves.

Life guard - yes, in the bay

Car parking - along the beach

Getting there

By car around 30 minutes from Chania. A few public buses.

Eating & drinking

Several tavernas in Stavros as well as a good beach café / taverna on the long beach

Accommodation nearby

Best places to stay near Stavros beach

 

 

Photos of Stavros beach

  • Stavros bay
  • Stavros bay on a busy Sunday
  • Stavros bay
  • Stavros bay
  • Stavros bay
  • Stavros bay
  • Stavros bay
  • Stavros bay
  • Stavros north beach
  • Stavros north beach
  • Stavros north beach
 

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