Zorba's beach day trip
Whilst Stavros beach is beautiful in its on right, we choose this beach because of its iconic rise to fame in 1964 where it was used to film scenes for the timeless movie “Zorba the Greek”, and where Anthony Quinn famously danced the Greek Sirtaki Dance.
Zorba is the song that has been used ever since in taverns, bars and Greek restaurants worldwide to create that special “Greek feeling” depicting hospitality, relaxation and togetherness and remains today, over half a century later, one of the most often played pieces of music anywhere in the world.
The film won 3 Academy Awards, one of which was donated to a tavern in the village by cinematographer Walter Lassally, and until recently, one could walk in and ask the owners to take a picture with the Oscar. Unfortunatelly, a few years ago, the taverna burned down in a fire and the Oscar with it.
Back in 1964 Stavros was a tiny humble fishing village, with a very steep camel-shaped mountain rising opposite the harbor. Today the region is a long established tourist attraction.
The two beautiful beaches at Stavros have soft sand, clean turquoise sea and are renowned for excellent and safe swimming. The main beach, with blue flag, is on the eastern side of the village, and has crystal clear waters, ideal for windy days. A perfectly organised beach with many comforts like sun beds, umbrellas, showers and lifeguards means relaxing enjoyment on this little piece of history, with the picturesque background of a wild mountain.
And why not trying to catch the Cretan spirit of Zorba “I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis, Cretan writer, “Zorba the Greek”
Trip duration: 6 hours