Stavros beach guide Crete
Stavros is found on the northern tip of the Akrotiri peninsula, about 14 kilometres from Chania.
The beaches around Stavros — there are two either side of a narrow headland — are set in dramatically beautiful bays with large rock outcrops behind. Many beach scenes from the film 'Zorba the Greek' were filmed on the beaches around here.
There are usually about six buses daily to Chania but they can be irregular and you are better off visiting the place with your own transport.
Stavros has a couple of restaurants and a few shops. There is no nightlife to speak of and there are row upon row of drab and characterless apartments, almost all of them empty out of the summer season.
A couple of mini markets provide the basic supplies in Stavros while a larger supermarket can be found about three kilometres away
To the east of Stavros is a small beach and fishing harbour and to the west a longer stretch of sand, with rocks and rock pools along the shore.
There is a small beach cantina at Stavros serving the basics and a taverna lies just across the beach road. Both Stavros beaches tend to be very quiet during the week but fill up at weekends as this is a very popular place with the locals.
There are other beaches to enjoy nearby including Kalathias, about 6km to the south, where there is windsurfing and scuba diving.
The rest of Akrotiri is a fine pace for nature lovers with plenty of hiking paths, some old monasteries and several ancient ruins to visit.
Although the beach area of Stavros is very attractive, the village itself is quite the opposite. Indeed many hesitate to call it a village at all as it is little more than a scattering of houses and, latterly, apartments and holiday hotels.
The city of Rethymnon on the north coast of Crete is packed with colourful parades and impromptu street parties in a celebration that has been running more than 100 years.
An intricate mosaic of pebble and stone cover a complex of buildings at Koumos, including a taverna and even a chapel, in an architectural extravaganza that will take your breath away.
Also, among the weapons on display at the Arkadi Monastery are some of those used in the famous siege, including flintlock rifles and long-barrelled pistols as well muskets.
Crete may be a holiday hotspot today but the islands was once the scene of a ferocious firefight between Allied troops and German paratroopers now buried in war cemeteries.