Akrotiri (the “Cape”) is the common name for the peninsula that lies to the north east of the city of Chania. Here are the tombs of Eleftherios and Sofoklis Venizelos, the airport of Hania and the port of Souda.

Akrotiri is a place for nature lovers, with interesting walking and hiking paths through the unspoilt gorges with amazing diversity, natural beauty and living traditions.  Also available are water sports, playgrounds, fitness centers and a horse-riding centre.

Its dry climate combined with the sea breeze forms an ideal environment not only for people but also for the farm produce, which is renowned for its high quality and taste.

With picturesque sandy beaches, all awarded with the Blue Flag, century-old monasteries and churches, impressive caves with rich litho logical and archaeological interest, historical monuments, Akrotiri attracts many visitors every year, who enjoy Cretan hospitality and nature at their best.

The road network is quite extensive and in good condition, reaching all the villages and beaches of Akrotiri. There is also a very frequent bus connection with Hania.

The biggest part of the area is flat except from the eastern side that is rocky with a rugged hill range -giving the impression of high mountains - and pierced by a few gorges that end to the sea in some very scenic rocky coves.

Another characteristic of those hills are the numerous caves that can be found there, with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites sometimes with amazing shapes. Findings of archaeological and historical interest prove that the caves were used as a place of worship as well as a refuge from the invasions of pirates.

Other places to visit on Akrotiri include the Agia Triada Monastery with its Venetian facade, Gouvernetou Monastery where the Turks killed all monks and burned books and icons in 1821, and the Katholiko Monastery, set in a narrow ravine spanned by a bridge, Crete's first monastery, founded by St John the Hermit in the 11th century. In the nearby cave the stalagmite near the entrance is said to be Artemis transformed into a bear.

STAVROS

Stavros is located right on the tip of the peninsula of Akrotiri in a beautiful bay at a distance of 14 km from Hania. Stavros is well-known for its beautiful sandy beaches and the clean, blue sea. It is actually a small bay and a long sandy beach next to it. Stavros had been used as the location for the film Zorba the Greek as it represented the archetypal sleepy fishing village. Facing the mountain where Zorbas of Kakogiannis was filmed. Everyone remembers the scene where Anthony Queen, interpreting the Kazantzakis hero, built a quarry which spectacularly fell apart.

TERSANAS

Tersanas is a small village situated around Tersanas Bay, with wonderful views over the Bay of Chania, on the coast of the Akrotiri Peninsula. It is 17 kilometers from the historic City of Chania and eight kilometers from Chania airport. The beach is ideal for families and has a snack bar, which is open early morning until late evening. It is a peaceful, quiet area ideal for bird watching or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Being protected, there are lots of wild birds and turtles here. Not commonly available in Crete, horse riding is available. Day to day shopping is available in the neighboring village of Horafakia.