Stavros Beach
Stavros Beach
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Located on the northern end of the Akrotiri Peninsula, this beach is best known as the spot where the iconic sirtaki dance scene in 'Zorba the Greek' was filmed. This crescent bay sits at the foot of Stavros Mountain, and its clear shallow waters and sheltered bay makes it great for families You can rent sun loungers on the beautiful white sandy beach, though note that it can be slightly more expensive than other beaches in Chania. It gets busy in summer too, so get there early if you want to snag a good spot. You can visit this beach after exploring the nearby Holy Trinity Monastery and Gouverneto Monastery on a tour of Chania. – Tripadvisor
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  • castle1_10
    Leeds, United Kingdom1,342 contributions
    It’s sort on the ok side better ones nearer though
    Driving round the coastal roads we took a look here at Stavros beach or is it Zorbra beach ? Easter period visited not a soul on the beach here. Beach hut taverna boarded up still and two locals seen putting up sun canopies. Sand is poor I’d say here and getting into the sea not easy either it’s plate rocky in parts. The back setting is impressive with the mountain range If Zorba danced here ? He was certainly out of the way of the mainstream traffic -public for sure. It’s one I’d not venture back to
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • carolyn30shetland
    Pylonas, Greece19 contributions
    Avoid sunbeds on Zorbas beach, Stavro, Ackrotiri.
    The beach is beautiful but beware of the extortionate price for sunbeds. 40 euros!!! We have been touring western Crete and never paid more than 15 euros at the most touristy place e.g Elafonisi, it’s pure greed charging so much. Lots of room to sit on the sand for free, also no facilities, 1 filthy toilet, disgusting. Don’t pay these prices to make this greedy guy rich.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Scott E
    Chicago, Illinois56 contributions
    Fantastic
    We took a taxi from downtown Chania to Stavros Beach for 20 euro (one way). The ride took 30 minutes and was worth it. Gorgeous sand beach with beds/umbrellas for rent (12 euro for 2 beds and an umbrella). There are smooth rocks when you get into the water but the water is crystal clear. The beach was not crowded at all. There are several small restaurants within walking distance to the beach. The taxi ride from Stavros Beach to the cruise port (Souda) was 35 euro. I would recommend this beach for anyone who wants to get away from the crowds and enjoy a pleasant day at the beach.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • jeffersnorway
    Flekkefjord, Norway98 contributions
    If you're not into "Zorba", you might wonder what the fuss is about!
    We just went swimming here having heard about the prices for beach sunbeds. People have quoted different prices lately, from 12 to 30 euros. The water is a lovely swim, but for us, just seeing the iconic mountain of "Zorba" in the background was a kick. We were staying in a room around the corner at Little Bay, so if you want to stay in the area, this is not a bad option, but be forewarned, it is not a village. The only thing to do here is go to the beach, eat in one of the 3 or 4 good tavernas or climb the steep mountain up to the cave - which we saw people do as the sun was setting. It took them about 30 to 40 minutes one way.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • PA_in_the_uk
    London, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Silly expensive in August.
    We've been to Stavros beach for the last four summers running in august and the prices are getting a little out of hand now. It goes up from €30 for an umbrella and two loungers in July to €40 for an umbrella and two loungers in August. At first I thought the guy was kidding and then I thought he was just taking us for a ride as tourists but then I heard him fighting with Greeks about the price who were outraged as well. That's silly expensive for loungers in Crete and easily double if not triple what we paid elsewhere. On top of that the umbrellas are mesh and let a fair amount of sun through so if you really want to block the sun you have to drape a town over the umbrella. It's a great beach but you'll have to decide if it's worth the price. Personally, we'll skip it next year. There are other great beaches.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Nicola S
    1 contribution
    40 euros for sunbed
    This is a scenic beach and not just because of the connection with the film. I visited mid September 2023 on a weekend and there were locals as well as foreign tourists like me but it wasn't too crowded. A word of warning however; there is no natural shade on the beach, if there were trees once they have been removed. If you want shade take your own umbrella (like the locals) or pay 40 euros (yes you read that right) 40 euros for a sub standard parasol and sunbed.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 19, 2023
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Giuseppe M
26 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
A beautiful beach and a fantastic landscape! Water is transparent and the red brown hill mirrors in the sea water giving green nuances! Really really beautiful.
Unfortunately, sun umbrellas are uncomfortable. The don't protect from the sun, as they are perforated. Moreover, they are short and the shadowed area is very small even for a single bed.
Prices have increased with respect to what you can read on internet. Now, it's €25 for an umbrella (as described above) and two beds, with €5 more for an extra bed.
Written July 29, 2022
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jogousa2580
Prague, Czech Republic31 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Lera Cave is located about 70 meters above Zorbas beach - you can see it while lounging at the beach. This 76 yrs old made it up in about an hour. Those in good physical condition can make it in 20 minutes. Take the zigzag goat trail early morning before the sun hits the hill. A breathtaking view of Stavros bay and Chania from the cave entrance.
If you want to fully explore the cave bring a strong flashlight. Cell phone flash light isn’t sufficient. You can crawl inside through two holes. Unfortunately the entrance walls are defaced with ever present graffiti that are so common in Greece. Highly recommended vigorous walk.
Written June 9, 2022
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Scott E
Chicago, IL56 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We took a taxi from downtown Chania to Stavros Beach for 20 euro (one way). The ride took 30 minutes and was worth it. Gorgeous sand beach with beds/umbrellas for rent (12 euro for 2 beds and an umbrella). There are smooth rocks when you get into the water but the water is crystal clear. The beach was not crowded at all. There are several small restaurants within walking distance to the beach. The taxi ride from Stavros Beach to the cruise port (Souda) was 35 euro. I would recommend this beach for anyone who wants to get away from the crowds and enjoy a pleasant day at the beach.
Written July 5, 2023
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BlightyEngland
England111 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Let me first say that Stavros beach is a beautiful place to visit.But there is a But and it’s a big But for families on a budget.
The sun loungers with umbrella are €25,and so as a family we were asked for €50.
Last year it was € 10 for sun beds and parasol.
Needless to say we turned down their offer and went around the corner to a nicer beach where sun beds were €12….and in Crete that is still expensive.
We had a quick look at the restaurant prices and they had gone up exponentially as well.
My advice……there are lots of much better beaches in the Chania region that offer good value for money.
Fuel in Crete is expensive so do not waste it going to Stavros.
Written August 6, 2022
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bgtoca
Vancouver, Canada117 contributions
Jun 2022
I really liked this beach. If you come early in the morning, there are hardly any people. Its a mostly sandy beach with some rocky areas, and an imposing, mostly barren mountain adjacent to it. Makes for great photos. There is a calm, shallow area ideal for kids, and some rocks for those who like to snorkel as small fish sometimes take refuge near the rocks. If you are looking for a beach with a lot of waves, big waves, or a lot of water sports, well this is not it. You can buy overpriced food and drinks of mediocre quality at the beach. There are also bathrooms if you need them. If you would like an umbrella and 2 chairs, it will cost you 20 Euro, which is criminal. Overall it's a nice beach close to Chania. Its less busy than the beach that is near the old Venetian harbor. Best to rent a car to explore the island and to get here. FYI, this is the place where the classic movie Zorba the Greek was filmed.
Written July 17, 2022
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SnappyJanner
24 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Beach and water is full of plastic and trash, sunloungers 25€ with no option to buy a single and the guy was quite rude. With 6€ a beer and 25€ sun loungers this guy is benefitting from the beach enough that he should clean it. Appalling behaviour.
Written September 7, 2021
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PA_in_the_uk
London, UK24 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
We've been to Stavros beach for the last four summers running in august and the prices are getting a little out of hand now. It goes up from €30 for an umbrella and two loungers in July to €40 for an umbrella and two loungers in August. At first I thought the guy was kidding and then I thought he was just taking us for a ride as tourists but then I heard him fighting with Greeks about the price who were outraged as well. That's silly expensive for loungers in Crete and easily double if not triple what we paid elsewhere. On top of that the umbrellas are mesh and let a fair amount of sun through so if you really want to block the sun you have to drape a town over the umbrella. It's a great beach but you'll have to decide if it's worth the price. Personally, we'll skip it next year. There are other great beaches.
Written August 14, 2023
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Chris Orpington
Orpington, UK252 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
This is a lovely beach and visited here many times since 1986 but be warned they charge 40 Euros for an umbrella and two chairs, which is an absolute RIP OFF!! It is mid September and the large taverna behind the beach is already closed. I used to love this place but sadly will never return. I will still support Zoroastrian and Mama’s tavernas.
Written September 23, 2023
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Andreas Ș
69 contributions
Jun 2022
The beach was absolutely wonderful: very clean, and the minimum facilities (showers and exchange cabins) were present. Also, the beach is candidate for "Blue Flag", so the water was obvoiusly very clean. It is OK for families with young chlidren, but in some days the waves are quite big and the currents are a bit strong, so I would recommend to stay close to the shore in those days.
All in all, it was a very nice experience, and there are two tavernas over there so that you won't get hungry.
Written June 29, 2022
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Barry P
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This should be a 5 star review but we were charged €30 for two loungers and an umbrella. At Marathi beach, a beach just as nice as this, the cost is €8, this is just blatantly a rip off. We have been on several beaches, the most we paid was €10. We will visit again but we'll buy an umbrella and sit on the sand, at least I won't be giving these rip off merchants another cent!

Other than that, the place itself is beyond beautiful, almost worth €30......almost.
Written September 16, 2022
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