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Stavros, West Crete

The village of Stavros on the northernmost tip of the Akrotiri Peninsula was the location in the sixties for the world famous film "Zorba The Greek" starring Anthony Quinn. The well-known last scene "Zorba?s dance" was amongst those filmed here.

The place itself is hardly worth a mention but the beach, the Bay of Stavros, is a bathing paradise for children learning to swim. The fine sand slopes gently to the sea and the bay is protected here from strong waves by a small promontory. There is not a lot of shade but beach chairs and sunshades can be hired in the season. (€ 5 per set per day at July 2006) Lying on the beach there is always something different to focus on when viewing the mountains opposite. A visit to the region of Stavros is ideal not just for classic film lovers but also for those searching for peace and quiet and not in a rush to see the whole of western Crete in a fortnight. Stavros does not lend itself to those in a hurry as it is too remote - the trip to Chania, for example, takes nearly half an hour.

In addition to Stavros Bay, Marathi in the east near Souda Bay and Kalathas Beach are recommended for bathing.

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