Chania Akrotiri

General information

The Akrotiri peninsula lies 10 km northeast of Chania Τown, close to the International Airport of Chania, and it is famous for its long history and heritage. However, Akrotiri is mostly known for having provided the setting for the world-famous syrtaki that Anthony Quinn danced in Zorba the Greek.

The area boasts imposing medieval monasteries like Gouverneto, Agia Triada Tzangarolon and Saint John the Merciful at Pazinos, while other notable monuments include the Venizelos Tombs

Around Akrotiri, you will find plenty of accommodation options, as well as the seaside settlement of Kalathas, which has a beautiful sandy beach with crystalline waters.

Another worth-visiting place is Stavros Beach, where, apart from the soft sand and the clear waters, visitors can admire Lera Cave, a Neolithic cave that was used as a sanctuary from the Bronze Period onwards. Near the Gouverneto Monastery, you can also find Arkoudospilio Cave, which boasts an impressive stalagmite that looks like a bear.

Hotels in Akrotiri

We have made a selection of the best hotels in Akrotiri.



Overlooking the sea, the building complex of Olea Villas consists of modern houses, designed with natural materials in order to blend into the scenery. The villas are situated in a privately owned olive grove in the calm and quiet area of Loutraki Bay, a few minutes away from the city of Chania.


Villa Aeriko


Overlooking the magical natural landscape of Crete, Villa Aeriko can be found in the region of Akrotiri. Surrounded by wilderness, it is ideal for a calm and peaceful vacation with all comforts. The villa has a modern interior design and a swimming pool is available as well. It can house 9 people.


Things to See & Do in Akrotiri

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Top Activities & Tours in Akrotiri

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  • Stand up paddle activities in Chania

    Category: Day Trips, Activities, Stand Up Paddle (SUP)

    Experience a stand-up paddling session in Chania! Follow beginner instructions or rent your own SUP to sail along the clear waters of northern Chania.

    1 - 2 hours Map
    from € 16.00
    Book now
  • Canyoning activities in Chania

    Category: Activities, Day Trips

    Hop onto a canyoning tour to paddle through the waters of northern Crete, visit canyons, and explore secret seaside spots of Chania.

    5 hours Map
    from € 120.00
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Akrotiri Map

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