Akrotiri is a peninsula northeast of Chania and north of Souda Bay. Known locally as Chania’s Acropolis, most of Akrotiri is an undulating plateau with the exception of a mountain range along the north coast, with Skloka as the highest point at 528 m.
Akrotiri is an area for outdoor adventures with interesting walks literally everywhere. Great ravines in the mountains flow into the sea forming beautiful little coves. Several mountains have caves with rocks, stalagmites, and stalactites in fascinating shapes. Archaeological and historical evidence suggest that the caves were used as sacred places of worship and refuge from pirates.
The views from most areas of Akrotiri are unique: The “White Mountains”, Souda Bay with Drapanos on the opposite side, the open sea, Chania center and the north coast of the distant peninsulas of Rodopou and Gramvoussa are some of the views from Akrotiri.
This beautiful peninsula is lush and green, and known for its fertile soil. Olive groves and vineyards characterize the peaceful and picturesque landscape.
Akrotiri has approx. 10,000 inhabitants. Some of them live in charming, traditional villages such as Stavros, Chorafakia, Argoylides, Aroni, Kathiana, Kampani, and Sternes. Others live in attractive newer suburban areas closer to the center of Chania as Profitis Ilias, Kounoupidiana, Korakies and Kalathas. Kounoupidiana serves as the center of Akrotiri and offers a wide range of shops, restaurants and other services. The road network is good and well maintained, and there are good bus services from many areas to Chania city center.
While parts of the coast are cliffs, there are several beautiful beaches in sheltered bays. The most famous beaches are Marathi, Tersanas, Kalathas and Stavros. Stavros is also known for the beach scenes in the movie Zorba the Greek. All the beaches are well kept and clean, and awarded the EU’s Blue Flag every year.