"Stavros, Akrotiri Peninsula" Crete Island by stefepaul

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Zorba's Mountain

I recommend this as a day trip from Chania or for a longer stay for those of you, like me who love those places in Greece with little to do. You can take a bus from the station in Chania east to Stavros in the Akrotiri Peninsula and swim by 'Zorba's mountain', eat lunch at the small cantina on the beach or have a heartier meal at Zorba's 50 meters from the beach. It is surely not the most beautiful beach in Crete (rather a weekend getaway for locals of Chania) but I love swimming below the mountain and apparently there is good hiking for the more adventurous. There is also another cantina called Sunset Beach a perfect spot from which to do just that, watch the sunset. If anyone is interested in staying there, I know of a great place with modest but comfortable apartments. If you are a Zorba fan and you stay in Stavros, you can take a short bus trip into the mountains to visit the village of Kokkino Chorio where Zorba was filmed. There are also nice places to eat in the neighboring village of Plakka.

  • Last visit to Crete Island: Aug 2008
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