Is Stavros worth a visit?
Stavros is not a real village, there is no village centre. Many houses have been built scattered around the area in recent decades. Among them are taverns and accommodation for tourists (hotels, holiday flats).
At the beautiful sandy beach of Stavros there are some deckchairs and a large sign with the inscription This is the beach of Zorbas (see photo). The beach is in a round bay and well protected from waves. You almost have the feeling to be at a lake. If there is a north wind with high waves or with small children, the visit of Stavros and the yellow sandy beach is especially worthwhile. Many regular guests praise the beach, one often hears in Stavros statements like "the perfect beach".
Otherwise there are no significant sights in the place. If you are a fan of the feature film Alexis Sorbas, you will recognize some things, like the mountains in the background. Interesting is the monastery of Agia Triada that is approximately 10 kilometres away.
A good tavern is the tavern of Elana (Elena´s) in the opinion of many holidaymakers. It is a typical Greek family tavern with friendly staff, good food and reasonable prices. Elena is about 100 meters away from the famous Alexis-Zorbas-Beach and well visited in the afternoons and evenings. In winter Elena´s is closed in Stavros, like almost everything else in the area.
By car: You can drive from Chania or from the highway Heraklion - Rethymno - Chania - Kissamos simply direction airport. If you reach the peninsula Arkotiri turn left after a few kilometres. There is a sign "Stavros 10 km".
Bus: In summer there are about 5 buses daily from the bus station in the centre of Chania to Stavros.
Conclusion: The visit of Stavros is known for people who know the film Alexis Zorbas, the visit of the bay is not a "must". Stavros has a beautiful beach.
The Film Alexis Zorba
The name of the movie in German is "Alexis Sorbas", in English Sorbas is written with Z, so "Alexis Zorbas", the name of the movie is "Zorba the Greek". The black-and-white film was also very well attended in German cinemas in 1965. The cameraman Walter Lassally received an Oscar for the film in 1965. Walter Lassally still lives in Stavros on Crete. The Oscar was exhibited in a cafe in Stavros until a few years ago. Unfortunately, the award was destroyed by fire a few years ago.
The feature film Alexis Zorbas is the story of 2 men who meet by chance 100 years ago at the port of Piraeus and later open a mine (brown coal) on Crete. Especially the film music is still very famous today. From the music (see video below) arose the dance Sirtaki, which is often encountered as a tourist on Crete today.
The most famous scene in the film is the dance of the two men on the beach of Stavros: