Greece Holidays around Chania Akrotiri Village. Akrotiri lies 10 km north-east of Chania town close to the second airport of Crete. Akrotiri is famous for its long history and heritage. The village is adorned with interesting museums and monuments and monasteries like Gouverneto, Agia Triada and Paxinos.
Around the beautiful village, you will find plenty of accommodations. In close distance is the seaside settlement of Kalathas which has a beautiful sandy beach with crystalline waters. Other fine beaches can be found in Akrotiri, like Stavros beach, where, apart from the soft sand and the clear waters, visitors can admire a Neolithic cave that was used as a sanctuary from the Bronze Period and through all the Greek periods.
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.
Its dry climate combined with the sea breeze forms an ideal environment not only for people but also for the farm products which are renowned for their high quality and taste.
With picturesque sandy beaches, all awarded with the Blue Flag, century-old monasteries and churches, impressive caves with rich lithological and archaeological interest, historical monuments, Akrotiri attracts many visitors every year, who enjoy Cretan hospitality and nature at their best.
The biggest part of the area is flat except from the eastern side which is rocky with a rugged hill range (the highest being Sklopa: 528m high)-giving the impression of high mountains – and pierced by a few gorges that end to the sea in some very scenic rocky coves.
An other characteristic of those hills are the numerous caves that can be found there, with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites sometimes with amazing shapes. Findings of arcaeological and historical interest prove that the caves were used as a place of worship as well as a refuge from the invasions of pirates.