There are really so many things to do in Chania and if you are visiting for a couple of weeks you will definitely need to choose what you are going to do. One of the greatest options you have is to stay close to Chania Airport and enjoy the beaches on Akrotiri Peninsula, which are known for their diversity and beauty. Your car hire will be the best ally in your effort and plan to see everything comfortably and conveniently. Akrotiri peninsula is always popular among day trippers in Crete.
Akrotiri peninsula beaches
Some of the most gorgeous beaches of Chania are located on this area; Akrotiri features some coastal resorts and beaches which are usually quite busy and popular at weekends, but kind of slower during the week – although in high peak season all beaches close to Chania can be crowded as they are organized and nice.
Marathi is one of the most known beaches in the area; it is popular among the locals, as it is a clean and long beach with shallow waters. It is usually packed with families during weekends, as waters are ideal for children. Marathi beach is well protected by the northern winds and waters are quite safe. The beach is organized with sun beds and umbrellas and there are restaurants and bars on the beach offering spirits, food and drinks.
Loutraki beach, is located near Marathi. Also well protected from meltemia, Loutraki is more of a family beach, although you will see couples and groups of friends enjoying the lovely waters.
Kalathas is also very popular beach, laying at the west coast of Akrotiri Peninsula. Kalathas is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, as it is long and sandy. Being on the west coast though, it is much affected by the summer winds called meltemia, thus, waters are usually quite wavy. The beach is though well organized and the nearby village has some nice and traditional restaurants, studios and apartments.
On the opposite side of Kalathas beach, lies Tersanas beach; it’s a small cove with a sandy beach, a place well protected by winds. Tersanas is a fully organized beach and it is usually less crowded than other beaches of Akrotiri, although couples and travelers who prefer pristine beaches are frequent visitors here; only a part of the beach features sunbeds and umbrellas and there are a couple of cantinas and café, serving cool drinks and refreshments. Waters are known to be splendid here.
Probably the most known beach in the area is Stavros, the beach where many scenes from Zorba the Greek were shot. Stavros is a small and quiet settlement, with few things to offer, but its beach is worldwide known due to the movie and the famous syrtaki dance with Antony Quinn. The little bay of Stavros is breathtakingly beautiful and popular among the tourists who flock here to enjoy the sea and take pictures “on location”. Reaching Stavros by bus or other means of transport is not possible, thus your car hire is absolutely necessary here.
Akrotiri Peninsula might not be the most upscale and cosmopolitan area of Chania, but it’s a delightful corner in the Peninsula that will reward your exploration, whether staying or visiting for a day.
Check all beaches in Western Crete on Chania Beach Guide